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Missing, Believed Lost - The Girl in the Crowd

From Missing, Believed Lost, BFI Publishing, 1992

A comedy. When a bookseller (Harry Clifton) marries a college student (Patricia Hilliard), she advises his best friend (Harold French), whom she has never met, that he should follow the first 'girl from the crowd' who attracts him if he wants to find a wife. By chance, he selects the very woman who gave him the idea and ends up in court for insulting behaviour.

Kine Weekly found it 'mildly amusing'. According to Powell (quoted in Powell, Pressburger and Other, BFI, 1978): 'It was a complete failure, nobody ever saw it. This was something somebody got out of a drawer and Irving Asher said, "For God's sake, shoot this." It was Googie Withers' first chance.'

Withers made another film that year for Powell, The Love Test, which survives. Barry Clifton was a Teddington contract player who didn't catch on. In the supporting cast was a Teddington discovery, Patric Knowles, soon to star in Powell's The Brown Wallet.

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