To Have and to Hold (1951 film)

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To Have and to Hold
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Directed by Godfrey Grayson
Screenplay by
Based onthe play To Have and to Hold by Lionel Brown
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Cinematography Walter J. Harvey
Edited by James Needs
Music by
Distributed byExclusive Films (UK)
Release date
  • March 1951 (1951-03)(UK)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

To Have and to Hold is a 1951 British drama film directed by Godfrey Grayson and starring Avis Scott, Patrick Barr and Robert Ayres. [1] [2] Facing death following a riding accident, a man spends his final days arranging the future romantic needs of his wife. [3]



Following a riding accident, country gentleman Brian Harding (Patrick Barr) is crippled and facing imminent death. His final days are spent arranging the future security of his wife and daughter (Avis Scott & Eunice Gayson). This extends to encouraging his wife to developing one of her male friendships into a romantic relationship.


Critical reception

The Radio Times noted "A non-starry but well-played little drama, claustrophobic, certainly not uninteresting, but not quite good enough"; [4] whereas Britmovie called it a "Stiff upper lip romantic melodrama, not quite so bad as it sounds." [5]

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  1. Hunter p.189
  2. "To Have and to Hold (1951)". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  3. "To Have and to Hold (1951) - Godfrey Grayson - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  4. "To Have and to Hold - Film from RadioTimes".
  5. "Britmovie - Home of British Films".