Based on the Mills and Boon/Harlequin Romance Leopard in the Snow by Anne Mather, this movie was directed by Gerry O’Hara (The Bitch, Fanny Hill) and written by Jill Hyem.
Helen James (Susan Penhaligon, Patrick) wrecks her car in the small English town of Cumberland Falls and is rescued by a man hiding from the world, former race driver Dominic Lyall (Keir Dullea), who by the way has a pet leopard. They both have problems — he has a limp from a crash — but their romance soon comes into full flower.
This also sounds like the opening from a giallo, but this takes a turn for the dramatic love movie style.
I really don’t understand why this wasn’t a bigger deal, as it was the first Harlequin book that became a full movie. It seems like the kind of idea that can’t miss, you know?
By the way, Miss Framley is played by Tessa Dahl, who is the daughter of author Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal. She dated Peter Sellers, David Hemmings, Bryan Ferry, Brian de Palma and Dai Llewellyn, and the thing that worries me is her appearance on a This Is Your Life episode starring Gary Glitter.
The cast also includes Billie Whitelaw, the nanny who did it all for Damian, and Gordon Thomson, who was Adam Carrington on Dynasty.