I Believe in You (film)

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I Believe in You
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Directed by Basil Dearden
Michael Relph
Written byBasil Dearden
Nicholas Phipps
Michael Relph
Jack Whittingham
Produced byMichael Relph
Basil Dearden
Starring Celia Johnson
Cecil Parker
Joan Collins
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited by Peter Tanner
Music by Ernest Irving
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
5 March 1952
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£89,000 [1]

I Believe in You is a 1952 British drama film directed by Michael Relph and Basil Dearden. [2] It stars Celia Johnson and Cecil Parker [3] and is based on the book Court Circular by Sewell Stokes. Inspired by the recently successful The Blue Lamp , Relph and Dearden used a semi-documentary approach in telling the story of the lives of probation officers and their charges. [4]



Henry Phipps, a retired Colonial Serviceman, takes on the job of a probation officer, and finds it a challenge. Various characters' lives are examined as Phipps and his colleagues attempt to reform (amongst others), a hardened criminal and a juvenile delinquent. [2] [4]


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