|Don't Ever Leave Me|
|Directed by||Arthur Crabtree|
|Produced by||Betty Box|
|Written by||Anthony Armstrong|
|Music by||Lambert Williamson|
|Edited by||A. Charles Knott|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors|
|19 July 1949|
Don't Ever Leave Me is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Arthur Crabtree and starring Petula Clark, Jimmy Hanley, Hugh Sinclair, Edward Rigby, and Anthony Newley. Produced by Betty Box during her stint at Gainsborough Pictures, it was written by Robert Westerby.
The plot, a variation on The Ransom of Red Chief, revolves around Sheila Farlaine (Clark), the teenaged daughter of Shakespearean tragedian Michael Farlaine (Sinclair), who is kidnapped by elderly crook Harry Denton (Rigby) when it's suggested he no longer has what it takes to be a master criminal.
When Harry starts having second thoughts about the caper, Sheila - tired of playing second fiddle to her egotistical father's career - becomes the mastermind of the plot and resists every effort made by Harry's grandson Jack (Hanley) to return her home before she's discovered missing. In this strange scenario Sheila wants to be kidnapped, as she thinks her father will at last take some interest. She begins to take a romantic interest in Jack, and despite her only being 15, he begins taking her out to clubs and casinos, wining, dining and dancing. Jack's girlfriend is less than happy when she discovers this.
Sheila's friend Jimmy (Newley) decides that he too wants to be "kidnapped" and general nuisance to one and all.
Taking advantage of Clark's vocal abilities, screenwriter Westerby included two scenes in which she sang the tune "It's Not for the Want of Trying" by songwriters Jack Fishman and Peter Hart. The film, Clark's twelfth, allowed her to play a role more mature than she had in previous outings, and was both a critical and commercial success.
Anthony Steel has one of his earliest screen appearances.
- Jimmy Hanley as Jack Denton
- Petula Clark as Sheila Farlaine
- Linden Travers as Mary Lamont
- Hugh Sinclair as Michael Farlaine
- Edward Rigby as Harry Denton
- Anthony Newley as Jimmy Knowles
- Barbara Murray as Joan Robbins
- Brenda Bruce as Miss Smith
- Maurice Denham as Mr. Knowles
- Frederick Piper as Max Marshall
- Sandra Dorne as Ruby Baines
- Russell Waters as Mr. Robbins
- Anthony Steel as Harris
- Michael Balfour as Jim Kennedy
- James Hayter as Man with Summons
- Dandy Nichols as Mrs. Marshall
- Cyril Chamberlain as News Reporter
- Philip Stainton as Detective Inspector
- John Salew as Farlaine's Manager
- Barbara Leake as Mrs. Brand
- Arthur Hambling as Policeman at Jack's Flat
- Martin Miller as Leon Stoltz
- Ben Williams as Superintendent in Cells
- Vagg, Stephen (23 September 2020). "The Emasculation of Anthony Steel: A Cold Streak Saga". Filmink.
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