Pink String And Sealing Wax


Directed By

Robert Hamer


Based on the play by Roland Pertwee and with an all-star cast including Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Gordon Jackson, Jean Ireland, Mary Merall and Sally Ann Howes, Pink String and Sealing Wax is the solo directorial debut from Ealing Studios regular Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts And Coronets).

Set in Victorian Brighton, this roaring melodrama sees the much-loved Googie Withers (The Lady Vanishes, One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing, It Always Rains on Sunday, Night And The City, Shine) as femme fatale Pearl Bond, a frustrated innkeeper’s wife who turns to extreme measures in order to escape her husband’s grasp. Tired of her drunk and abusive husband, Pearl befriends David (Gordon Jackson, The Great Escape, The Ipcress File, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Professionals, Upstairs Downstairs), the son of overbearing patriarch and respected chemist Edward Sutton (Mervyn Johns, Went The Day Well?, Dead Of Night, A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, The Day Of The Triffids), who, oblivious to her manipulative ways, is unknowingly ensnared into a world of murder, blackmail and betrayal.

Googie Withers, Gordon Jackson, Mervyn Johns
Release Date
25 April 2016
  • New Interview with Joanna McCallum (Googie Withers’s daughter)
  • New Interview with Melanie Williams (focusing on Women at Ealing)
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Behind the Scenes stills gallery
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).


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