However, the seeming commonplace nature of that film about middle-class people trapped in the rigid morals of the mid-1940s never fails to pull the heartstrings and its popularity has endured, and even increased, down the years.
It is still regarded as the most memorable romance in British cinema history.
The key to its success was the plain ordinariness of the doomed lovers, played to heart-breaking perfection by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.
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