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Sir Mark Loddon (Dirk Bogarde) is an English baronet, living a contented life in the country with his American wife Margaret (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland). One day he's visited at his country estate by a Canadian officer and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran, Jeffrey Buckingham (Paul Messie). Buckingham served time with Loddon in the same German POW camp before they made their escape in 1945, along with a third officer, Frank Wellney. Buckingham has a shocking allegation: the Mark Loddon living the life of an English country gent actually ''is'' Frank Wellney, who murdered the real Mark Loddon during the escape and then took his identity. When Buckingham goes public with his accusations, Loddon sues for libel. But there's one problem: Loddon has PTSD from the war, and can't remember very well...

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Sir Mark Loddon (Dirk Bogarde) (Creator/DirkBogarde) is an English baronet, living a contented life in the country with his American wife Margaret (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland). One day he's visited at his country estate by a Canadian officer and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran, Jeffrey Buckingham (Paul Messie). Buckingham served time with Loddon in the same German POW camp before they made their escape in 1945, along with a third officer, Frank Wellney. Buckingham has a shocking allegation: the Mark Loddon living the life of an English country gent actually ''is'' Frank Wellney, who murdered the real Mark Loddon during the escape and then took his identity. When Buckingham goes public with his accusations, Loddon sues for libel. But there's one problem: Loddon has PTSD from the war, and can't remember very well...



* ShellShockedVeteran: Mark has suffered some trauma from his war experience and his five years in captivity. He can't remember the war very well, which is highly plot relevant.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Mark has suffered some trauma from his war experience and his five years in captivity. He can't remember the war very well, which is highly plot relevant.plot-relevant.


''Libel'' is a 1959 film directed by Anthony Asquith.

Sir Mark Loddon (Dirk Bogarde) is an English baronet, living a contented life in the country with his American wife Margaret (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland). One day he's visited at his country estate by a Canadian officer, Jeffrey Buckingham. Buckingham served time with Loddon in the same German POW camp before they made their escape in 1945, along with a third officer, Frank Wellney. Buckingham has a shocking allegation: the Mark Loddon living the life of an English country gent actually is Frank Wellney, who murdered the real Mark Loddon during the escape and then took his identity. When Buckingham goes public with his accusations, Loddon sues for libel. But there's one problem: Loddon has PTSD from the war, and can't remember very well...

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''Libel'' is a 1959 drama film directed by Anthony Asquith.

Asquith, adapted from Edward Wooll's 1934 play of the same name.

Sir Mark Loddon (Dirk Bogarde) is an English baronet, living a contented life in the country with his American wife Margaret (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland). One day he's visited at his country estate by a Canadian officer, officer and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran, Jeffrey Buckingham.Buckingham (Paul Messie). Buckingham served time with Loddon in the same German POW camp before they made their escape in 1945, along with a third officer, Frank Wellney. Buckingham has a shocking allegation: the Mark Loddon living the life of an English country gent actually is ''is'' Frank Wellney, who murdered the real Mark Loddon during the escape and then took his identity. When Buckingham goes public with his accusations, Loddon sues for libel. But there's one problem: Loddon has PTSD from the war, and can't remember very well...


* [[ActingForTwo Acting for Three]]: Dirk Bogarde is listed with three roles in the final credits, piecing apart Loddon, Wellney and Nummer Fuenfzehn into separate credited characters. [[spoiler: Even though Number 15 is established to be Wellney by the final act. It may be that given 15's status as MoreDeadThanAlive, he qualified as a character separate from the other two.]]

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* [[ActingForTwo Acting for Three]]: Dirk Bogarde is listed with three roles in the final credits, piecing apart Loddon, Wellney and Nummer Fuenfzehn into separate credited characters. [[spoiler: Even though Number 15 is established to be Wellney by the final act. It may be that given 15's status as MoreDeadThanAlive, he qualified as a character separate from the other two.]]


* SleepingSingle: British films weren't subject to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode but for some reason they still have Sir Mark and Lady Loddon sleeping in separate single beds.

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* SleepingSingle: British films weren't subject to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode but for some reason reason[[note]]most likely that it was still a Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer film that was intended to be shown in both Britain and the US, so the code was still an issue[[/note]] they still have Sir Mark and Lady Loddon sleeping in separate single beds.

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* MementoMacGuffin: How Mark finally proves he's the real Mark, once he remembers: the medallion which Margaret gave to him before the war, which he hid in his coat, and which he produces from the coat for the court.
* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The extremely forgiving Mark and Margaret leave the courtroom together.


* {{Flashback}}: An extended flashback shows Jeffrey, Mark, and Frank in a POW camp together, and then their escape.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Mark has suffered some trauma from his war experience and his five years in captivity. He can't remember the war very well, which is highly plot relevant.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Mark has suffered some trauma from his war experience and his five years in captivity. He can't remember the war very well, which is highly plot relevant.relevant.
* SleepingSingle: British films weren't subject to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode but for some reason they still have Sir Mark and Lady Loddon sleeping in separate single beds.

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* IdenticalStranger: Mark and the mysterious Frank look just like each other (and both are played by Dirk Bogarde).

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* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: "Read all about it! Get today's paper!" The sign next to the vendor says "LIBEL TRIAL SENSATION."
* GossipyHens: The old lady carping about the news outside the church, the day the story about Mark runs. She hypocritically simpers about how much she sympathizes when Mark and Margaret show up.


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* {{Paparazzi}}: The first Margaret hears about the story is from paparazzi who intrude into the house and take pictures of her son without permission.

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''Libel'' is a 1959 film directed by Anthony Asquith.

Sir Mark Loddon (Dirk Bogarde) is an English baronet, living a contented life in the country with his American wife Margaret (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland). One day he's visited at his country estate by a Canadian officer, Jeffrey Buckingham. Buckingham served time with Loddon in the same German POW camp before they made their escape in 1945, along with a third officer, Frank Wellney. Buckingham has a shocking allegation: the Mark Loddon living the life of an English country gent actually is Frank Wellney, who murdered the real Mark Loddon during the escape and then took his identity. When Buckingham goes public with his accusations, Loddon sues for libel. But there's one problem: Loddon has PTSD from the war, and can't remember very well...

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Of all the things the BBC could have shown when Jeffrey Buckingham walks into a pub, they choose to show a program filmed in the mansion where his old war buddy Mark Loddon lives.
* KubrickStare: How a seething Jeffrey looks at Mark/Frank after seeing him for the first time in five years.
* LandPoor: Mark ruefully observes that the only way he can afford to live in his enormous mansion is by letting tour groups come in on the weekend.
* PlotHole: Why did Mark switch uniforms with Frank after Frank attacked him?
* ShellShockedVeteran: Mark has suffered some trauma from his war experience and his five years in captivity. He can't remember the war very well, which is highly plot relevant.

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