Adam and Evelyne
, released in the U.S. as Adam and Evelyn
, is a 1949 romance film
starring Stewart Granger
and Jean Simmons
. According to Robert Osborne
, host of Turner Classic Movies
, this suited the stars, as they were romantically involved at the time, despite their age difference. They married the next year.
When jockey Chris Kirby (Fred Johnson) is fatally injured in a horse race, he gets his best friend, gambler Adam Black (Stewart Granger), to promise to take care of his teenage daughter, Evelyne (Jean Simmons), who has been raised apart from her father. Unbeknownst to Adam, Evelyne had been led to believe that Adam is her father in correspondence between parent and child. Adam is unable to tell her the truth; his butler and friend Bill Murray (Edwin Styles) tries and fails as well. Finally, Adam's sometime girlfriend Moira (Helen Cherry
) breaks the news to the girl.
Adam sends Evelyne to an exclusive boarding school. When she has grown up, she reappears unexpectedly in his life. Because of the hatred she has for gambling, Adam does not reveal that he stages illegal gambling sessions; instead he tells her that he makes his money on the stock exchange. She begins casually dating Adam's no-good brother Roddy (Raymond Young).
When Adam tells Moira that he is getting out of the business, she accuses him of being in love his "ward". Roddy has his own grudge against his brother - Adam refuses to finance a shady deal - and the two of them tip off the police about Adam's last operation. Roddy also brings Evelyne to see what Adam really does for a living.
Shocked, she quarrels with Adam and leaves. A kindly gambler, Colonel Bradley (Wilfred Hyde-White), gives her some sage advice about idols being better when they have clay feet, and convinces her to reconcile with Adam.
- Stewart Granger as Adam Black
- Jean Simmons as Evelyne Kirby
- Edwin Styles as Bill Murray
- Raymond Young as Roddy Black
- Helen Cherry as Moira
- Beatrice Varley as Mrs. Parker, a gambler
- Joan Swinstead as Molly
- Wilfred Hyde-White as Colonel Bradley
- Fred Johnson as Chris Kirby
- Geoffrey Denton as Police Inspector Collins