Synopsis: A Canadian commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, that he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney. The Canadian, the baronet, and the actor were all prisoners in the same German camp during the war and escaped together. One of them disappeared during the escape. Was he Sir Mark or Welney? The tabloids have a field day with the Canadian's accusations and Lady Maggie urges her husband to sue for libel and engage the distinguished barrister Sir Wilfred. The long-drawn-out case is made complex by the fact that Sir Mark himself is not quite sure of his identity. Injured in the war, he stutters on occasion and has difficulty remembering portions of his life. As the evidence sways back and forth in court, it begins to appear that Sir Mark is an impostor and the possible murderer of the missing baronet. Even his wife is convinced of his guilt and turns against him. She denounc
Genre: Drama, Mystery
100 min



Directed by.

London, in 1959.

- Gotta match?

- No. I'm sorry, I don't smoke.

- Hello boy.

- Pinka.

- Pink. Thank you.

- Hello, is this yours?

- Yes, he is always doing that.

- He is very friendly.

Don't you believe it.

He bit a man last week.

I'm glad, he is in a better

mood tonight.

Come on.

Good boy.

- On top form tonight Fred?

- I can't do a thing right.

- Good evening, Betty!

- Hello Maisie!

- Would you care for a drink?

- Thanks. I usually have a gin and tonic.

Good. A gin and tonic and a beer, please?

Coming up!

- Are you in town for long?

- No, just two days between clients.

- Have you been to London before?

- Yes, yes.

- I was here during the war.

- Really?

Hey Maisie, I haven't seen you

for days. How have you been?

- Three and three, sir.

- Thank you.

- Gin!

- Thank you. Cheers!

- Cheers!

- Look Maisie...

This is the BBC Television Service.

Tonight in our series, 'Historic

Country Houses'

we are privileged to visit Ingworth,

the home of Sir Mark Loddon.

You join us in one of the loveliest

Elizabethan houses in England.

And here tonight welcome us

Sir Mark and Lady Loddon.

Now Sir Mark, if you will, we'd like you

first of all, to tell us something about

the house and its history.

I think your family has

always lived here, in Ingworth.

Yes, ever since it was built in 1580.

It's a record we rather proud of. The

family built it and we still live here.

Would you like to come on the grand tour?

Very much.

Hey boys, we're missing

the big fight.

Charlie, switch it over.

Excuse me sir.

- Hey, switch that back, will you?

- Leave it Charlie?

- Look, I've got to see that program.

- Well, you ain't gonna see in here, mate.

That's enough sir. I don't want

any trouble here.

- He's got him cold.

- I've got a dollar on him.

- Do you live near here?

- Well yes, just around the corner.

- I share a flat with a girlfriend.

- Good.

What are you getting at?

Nothing doing.

- No No. Have you got a television set?

- What?

Have you got a television set?

Here we are, it's over there.

Doesn't this darn thing work?

- Give it a chance to warm up.

- All right, then. Come on, come on.

Oh, I don't know

what all the fuss is about.

One TV program is same

as any other.

It's quite a great deal these days

maintaining Ingworth.

Yes, if we didn't open the house

to the public at weekends,

and certain other holidays, we shouldn't

able to afford to live here, anyway.

You are the seventh baronet, aren't you?

Yes, I am.

That's the first one there,

Sir John Loddon.

You know it's quite remarkable

after all these years.

- The family like this, I mean.

- Do you think I like him?

- Yes, you got the Loddon face.

- Can't see it myself.

One's a very bad judge

of one's own face.

Oh, yes, darling, he is just like you.

Except for the weight.

- You really want to watch it?

- Shhh...

What a splendid room.

But we hardly ever use it.

Not really since the war.

Of course, you were a prisoner

of war Mark, weren't you?

Yes, I was taken prisoner

at Dunkirk.

When were you released?

I escaped just before the end of the war.

Just in time for the celebrations.

I was in no condition to celebrate,

I was in hospital for 6 months.

Oh... That's lovely, isn't it?

And then you were discharged from

the army and got married soon afterwards.

That's right, yes.

And your son was born in the following

year? - Yes, on Christmas day.

- Are we going to see him tonight?

- Oh, I'm afraid not.

He is asleep in his nursery.

At least, I hope he is.

I dare say, a lot of famous people

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Anatole de Grunwald

Anatole "Tolly" de Grunwald (25 December 1910 – 13 January 1967) was a Russian-born British film producer and screenwriter. more…

All Anatole de Grunwald scripts | Anatole de Grunwald Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Libel" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 21 Sep. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer


    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.