The Secret Tent
Directed byDon Chaffey
Written byJan Read
Based onthe play The Secret Tent by Elizabeth Addyman
StarringDonald Gray
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Release date
  • February 1956 (1956-02)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Secret Tent is a 1956 crime film directed by Don Chaffey.[1][2] It stars Donald Gray and Andrée Melly and was made at Shepperton Studios.[3][4]


Respectable wife Ruth attempts to conceal her secret past as a criminal from neighbours and from her husband Chris. However, when a neighbour is burgled and Ruth mysteriously disappears, she becomes the police's prime suspect. Husband Chris searches the city for Ruth, in hopes of proving her innocence.


Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "With a far-fetched and tasteless story, strenuously but inexpertly played out, this emotional melodrama has little to recommend it."[5]

In British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928–1959 David Quinlan rated the film as "mediocre", writing: "Popular TV favourites star, but melodrama is just another 'B'."[6]

Sky Movies wrote, "talented director Don Chaffey, who later made The Man Upstairs, Jason and the Argonauts and A Jolly Bad Fellow treats novelettish material with some flair in this story of a former 'bad girl' whose past threatens her present happiness."[7]


  1. ^ "The Secret Tent". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 20 June 2024.
  2. ^ "The Secret Tent (1956)". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Movie search results for "the secret tent" - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "The Secret Tent - Pinewood filming location".
  5. ^ "The Secret Tent". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 23 (264): 34. 1 January 1956 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ Quinlan, David (1984). British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928–1959. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. p. 371. ISBN 0-7134-1874-5.
  7. ^ "Secret Tent". Find and Watch.