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The Man Who Loved Redheads. Image shows from L to R: Young Mark (Jeremy Spenser), Sylvia (Moira Shearer). Copyright: London Films
The Man Who Loved Redheads

The Man Who Loved Redheads

  • 1955 film

Young peer and junior diplomat Mark is obsessed by the face of a redheaded girl whom, in his boyhood, he vowed he would love to eternity. Stars Moira Shearer, John Justin, Roland Culver, Gladys Cooper, Denholm Elliott and more.

The Man Who Loved Redheads. Image shows from L to R: Ethel (Moyra Fraser), Mark St. Neots (John Justin), Daphne (Moira Shearer), Oscar Philipson (Roland Culver). Copyright: London Films

Key details

Moira Shearer, John Justin, Roland Culver, Gladys Cooper, Denholm Elliott, Harry Andrews, Joan Benham, Moyra Fraser and more
Terence Rattigan
Harold French
Josef Somlo

Mark St. Neots is a young peer, Lord Binfield, and junior Foreign Office diplomat. Although married with a son he is haunted by a boyhood promise of eternal love to Sylvia, a sixteen year-old redhead.

In 1917 he invites a girl named Daphne to dinner because she looks like Sylvia. He borrows the house of his friend Oscar Philipson, an officer serving in France and assumes the name of Wright. Later he buys the house intent on leading a double life. In the years that follow 'Mr. Wright' uses the house many times!

In 1929 he again sees Sylvia, this time in a prima ballerina named Olga. Aided by the faithful Oscar, Mr Wright goes into action. When he gives a reception for Olga, he is alarmed to see his son Denis appear. The lad has run away from school to become an actor. Denis agrees to keep silent, but another guest addresses Mark as Lord Binfield. This revelation abruptly ends his affair with Olga.

Years later, Mark is ambassador to France and Oscar has reached the rank of General. They meet two young models; one, named Colette, again has the face of Sylvia. They take the girls to the Old Vic where Denis is acting. Mark is dismayed to find his wife Caroline also in attendance, and his explanations do not deceive her. In fact, she confides that she has always known about Mr. Wright, and his obsession with that perfect, red-framed face.

Additional details

UK certificate
90 minutes
UK release
January 1955

British Lion

Also known as
  • The Man Who Loves Redheads (Alternative promotional title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

Website links

Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 12:20am on TPTV
  • Monday 2nd November 2020 at 8:00am on TPTV
  • Sunday 26th July 2020 at 12:55am on TPTV

Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios

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