Out of True
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Written byMontagu Slater
Produced byFrederick Wilson
StarringJane Hylton
Muriel Pavlow
Edited byTerry Trench
Music byElisabeth Lutyens
Distributed byCrown Film Unit
Release date
  • 1951 (1951)
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Out of True is a 1951 British drama-documentary film, directed by Philip Leacock and starring Jane Hylton and Muriel Pavlow. Out of True was made by the Crown Film Unit with sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, and was promoted as a "fictional account of a nervous breakdown which conforms to the pattern of much of the mental illness occurring today".[1] The film received a nomination in the category Best Documentary Film at the 1951 British Academy Film Awards.[2] Its production was motivated, in part, by the U.S. film Snake Pit, which some critics in the UK feared would cast all psychiatric hospitals in a negative light.[3]


Molly Slade (Hylton) wakes up feeling extremely depressed. She has run out of tea and goes to the local shop to buy some, but finds the shop still closed. Pushed over the edge by this seemingly trivial inconvenience, she ends up attempting suicide by jumping from a bridge into the river but is saved in time. Husband Arthur (David Evans) comes home from work to find that Molly has been committed to a psychiatric hospital. Molly's treatment involves medication and electroconvulsive therapy. While in hospital she befriends fellow patient Betty (Pavlow) and together they are seen in exercise classes, playing table tennis and receiving occupational therapy. Molly leaves the hospital one night and goes home, but Arthur returns her to the hospital until she has completed her treatment and been officially released. Finally, with her treatment concluded and her mind back on an even keel, Molly is able to return to her family.



  1. ^ Out of True BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved 05-09-2010
  2. ^ BAFTA Database - 1951 Retrieved 05-09-2010
  3. ^ Wills, Clair (2021, November 18). Life pushed aside. London Review of Books, pp. 21-29.