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Never Put It in Writing

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Never Put It in Writing
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byAndrew L. Stone
Virginia L. Stone
Written byAndrew L. Stone
StarringPat Boone
Milo O'Shea
Fidelma Murphy
Reginald Beckwith
Music byFrank Cordell
CinematographyMartin Curtis
Edited byNoreen Ackland
Andrew L. Stone Productions
Seven Arts Films
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Never Put It in Writing is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Pat Boone, Milo O'Shea, Fidelma Murphy and Reginald Beckwith.[1]


While in Ireland, an insurance executive learns that somebody else has been promoted over his head. He writes an abusive letter to his bosses, only to discover that he is to be given another important post with the company. He desperately tries to recover the letter before it reaches his bosses.


  • Pat Boone - Steven Cole
  • Milo O'Shea - Danny O'Toole
  • Fidelma Murphy - Katie O'Connell
  • Reginald Beckwith - Lombardi
  • Harry Brogan - Mr. Breeden
  • Nuala Moiselle - Miss Bull
  • John Le Mesurier - Adams
  • Sarah Ballantine - Adams' Secretary
  • Polly Adams - Receptionist
  • Colin Blakely - Oscar
  • Ed Devereaux - Pringle
  • John Dunbar - Judge
  • Bill Foley - Tower Man
  • John Gardiner - Security Officer
  • Karal Gardner - Young Woman
  • Seamus Healy - Sorting Office Foreman
  • Liz Lanchbury - Basil's Girl Friend
  • John Lynch - Man at elevator
  • Julia Nelson - Maid
  • Derry Power - Taxi Driver
  • Susan Richards - Judge's Wife


The film was originally known as The Letter with Pat Boone's signing announced in June 1963. It was to be done for Seven Arts-MGM (eventually it would be made for Seven Arts-Allied Artists).[2] It was also known as Strictly Personal.[3]

Filming started in Dublin Ireland in July 1963. The schedule was for two months.[3]


On the first day of shooting at Shannon Airport, a plane crashed in a camera and the director's van, injuring seven people, one of them seriously. A CL44 plane was taking off while a Proctor plane was taxiing on the runway. The Proctor went off the runway and crashed into the camera van[4] (It was later ruled that the probably cause of the accident was the loss of control by the Proctor due to the effect of the slipstream caused by the C44.[5])

Andrew Stone and his wife were among those with minor injuries. (Pat Boone was not involved in the accident, he arrived in the country shortly afterwards.) Questions were asked in the Dail over the incident.[6]

Filming continued in Dublin for a number of weeks, with scenes shot at the Dublin Airport, the Gresham Hotel, the Irish Life Building, Jury's Hotel and the Andrew Street Post Office. However the government refused permission for any further low flying sequences. In August the unit moved to London to complete the film.[7][8]


The world premiere was held at the Adelphi Theatre in Dublin.[9]


Diabolique magazine said "This is a sluggish, underwritten effort.. the sort of movie that needed songs and color to compensate for the script. It has neither. Boone’s performance is fine."[10]


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  2. ^ "Drama of Nuclear Sub to Be Filmed: Anne Rogers Set for 'Zenda;' Ava Gardner Out of 'Iguana'" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 4 June 1963: C7.
  3. ^ a b "Pat Boone Hits Road to Boost New Movie" Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune 20 June 1963: c6.
  4. ^ "AIRCRAFT CRASHES INTO FILM DIRECTOR'S VAN AT SHANNON: Seven injured during shooting of comedy" The Irish Times 8 July 1963: 1.
  5. ^ No inquiry into Shannon accident The Irish Times 10 Feb 1965: 6.
  6. ^ "DAIL QUESTION ON LOW-FLYING PLANE TO FILM DUBLIN: 'Shannon has nothing to gain'" The Irish Times 9 July 1963: 9.
  7. ^ "LOW -FLYING BAN STOPS PAT BOONE FILM" The Irish Times 5 Aug 1963: 1.
  8. ^ London letter: Long memory of a poet The Guardian 17 Aug 1963: 6.
  9. ^ AN IRISHMAN'S DIARY The Irish Times 21 May 1964: 9.
  10. ^ Vagg, Stephen (10 September 2019). "The Surprisingly Interesting Cinema of Pat Boone". Diabolique Magazine.
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