The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

The Boult­ings made an in­domitable team, and when they de­cided to pur­sue the rights to Gra­ham Greene’s novel, there was lit­tle doubt they would get them. The then own­ers, who in­cluded Ter­ence Rattigan, agreed to sell, but Rattigan – whose own plays have been turned into fan­tas­tic cin­ema over the years – had a pro­viso: he wanted to write the script. The broth­ers agreed, but were un­happy – they had wanted Greene to do it him­self. In the end, they got their wish, and Rattigan and Greene (who had heav­ily doc­tored Rattigan’s orig­i­nal treat­ment) shared an on-screen writ­ing credit.

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