A Hazard of Hearts: When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, he stakes his daughter’s hand in marriage, convinced that this time he will not lose. Unfortunately, however, he does lose; to the evil Lord Wrotham. Unable to return home and tell his daughter that he has lost her in a game of dice, Sir Giles kills himself there and then. Lord Vulcan, who has witnessed the events, takes pity on Serena Staverley, although they have never met. He challenges Lord Wrotham to a game of dice in which the winner takes both Staverley Court and Miss Serena. Lord Vulcan wins and simply pleased that he has saved someone from the nasty Wrotham, he thinks no more about the event. One evening, however, Vulcan’s friend Lord Peter Gillingham insists upon them going to Staverley Court to take a look at Vulcan’s “prize.” When arriving there, Vulcan finds Serena Staverley more beautiful than he ever imagined.
Released: December 27, 1987
Runtime: 90 mins
Actors: Aden Gillett Anna Massey Ben Aris Christopher Plummer Christopher Villiers Dan Meaden Daniel Moynihan Diana Rigg Edward Fox Eileen Atkins Fiona Fullerton Frank Baker Gareth Hunt Genevieve Allenbury Helena Bonham Carter Henry Moxon Hugh Munro James Gaddas Johanna Hargreaves John Abbott John Boswall Kenny Ireland Marcus Gilbert Mark Sproston Neil Dickson Neville Phillips Norman Lumsden Robert Addie Roy Boyd Stewart Granger