Synopsis: On a visit to London, 18 year-old American Melinda Greyton goes to her first party, a Regimental ball. There she meets and falls madly in love with Major Michael Curragh, a handsome bachelor who returns her affections. After a relatively short period of time, they marry and all is bliss. Michael has some peculiar habits such as when he gets upset when Melinda sends an old overcoat out for cleaning or when she takes a few £1 notes from his wallet. In fact, Michael is a Communist spy and has been a member of the Party since he was in school. When Melinda finally realizes just what and who he is, she tells him to choose between her or his beliefs. He tells her he'll leave the Party but its all a ruse. He does love his wife however and when his spy masters tell him Melinda must be done away with he faces the ultimate choice.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Victor Saville
Production: Warner Bros
87 min


"Major and Mrs Henby."

"Lord and Lady Canter."

"His Excellency and Madam Eldar."

Great fun, isn't it Melinda?

Oh, I love it.

I can't believe I'm here.

Yes, it's very colourful.

How often do they do this?

The 7th Guard? Once a year.


I've always wanted to come.

And now here I am.


Here we both are.

It's awful isn't it.


Isn't anyone ever going to dance

with us? Oh, eventually.

But first of all the young officers have

to dance with the important people ..

Like the Colonels' wives.


A shame we couldn't provide something

gayer for your first party in London.

Oh, I don't mind. You're with me.

Really, it's fun to watch

in a .. horrible sort of way.

We've been whirling about so,

we've forgot where we left you.

Are you having a nice time?

Yes. Thank you, auntie.

Of course, mother.

I suppose you're fond of music, Melinda?

I love it.

I knew it. All Americans

are fond of music.

Ha ha. Don't you think?

Then John, you must dance with Melinda.

Glad to.

After you've danced

with Mrs Hammerbrook.

Oh, of course.

May I?

Not getting too late for you I hope?

Long past your bedtime, you know.

"Right Honourable and Mrs Tenbeigh."

That's the sort of remark I

find completely nauseating.

I try to forget such things.

I'm sorry I'm so late Joyce. I saw

you sitting here. Hello, Hugh.

As a matter of fact, I saw

you as you came in.

Melinda, I'd like you to

meet Captain Ladholme.

Hugh, this is Miss Melinda

Greyton from America.

I told you about her.

How do you do?


Joyce has told me all about you but she

didn't tell me you would be quite so ..

Well, she is.


Well Lady Penrose stopped me

and I couldn't get away and ..

Would you care to dance?

Well .. not without music.

No, no. Of course, I meant with music.

Well if Joyce really

doesn't mind .. I will.

Hugh my boy, I've been looking for you.

I wonder if you would mind ..

General Barclay's wife

has just asked about you.

She's not dancing and I wondered ..

Well, you would excuse him I know.

Yes, of course.

Why, yes, sir.

I'm sorry, I won't be long.

Come along, my boy.

Well ..

I know, it's frightful luck.

Oh, I don't care, really.

And you'd have liked Hugh.

He seems quiet but he

can dance like a dream.

"Major Michael Curragh."

Good evening. Good evening, sir.

Good evening.

Why, what's the matter with you?

Joyce, look.

I've never seen anyone like him.


Do you think he's attractive?


He's coming over here.

Talk about something. Anything.

Oh Lin, there is no need to get excited.

Good evening, Miss Pennistone.

Major Curragh.

May I have the pleasure?

Melinda, I would like you to meet ..


Thank you.

Major Curragh.

Major Curragh, I don't believe

you know Miss Greyton.

Miss Melinda Greyton.

From America.

You're very young to be

so far away from home.

No I'm not. I'm eighteen.

Oh, that's rather old.

Older than seventeen anyway.

And you?

Very old.


Why that's young.

Young for a Major.

Do you like being a soldier?

Well, I've been one a long while.

Of course, in peacetime it's rather

pleasant. When there is a war on ..

I bet you were brave.

Yes, absolutely fearless.

You laugh about it. But I bet it's true.

You know, I have a feeling about you.

You're beautiful to

look at, that's obvious.

But at all times and in every way,

I'm sure you're completely lovely.

Yes, I am.

At least everyone at home

has always thought so.

For a while tonight I wasn't

sure whether anyone here did.

I shouldn't worry

about it if I were you.

You know, I have another feeling.

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Sally Benson

Sally Benson (September 3, 1897 – July 19, 1972) was an American screenwriter, who was also a prolific short story author, best known for her semi-autobiographical stories collected in Junior Miss and Meet Me in St. Louis. more…

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