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Brandy For The Parson [1951] [DVD]

Charles Hawtrey , Kenneth More , John Eldridge    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth More, Frederick Piper, Alfie Bass, James Donald
  • Directors: John Eldridge
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Slam Dunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015MTBYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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British comedy about a young couple who accidentally get involved in brandy smuggling. Bill Harper (James Donald) and Petronilla Brand (Jean Lodge) are on a yachting holiday together when they meet Tony Rackham (Kenneth More), who is smuggling brandy from France to a wine merchants in London. Through a series of mishaps and misadventures, Bill and Petronilla find themselves responsible for transporting the brandy kegs to London, whilst being doggedly pursued officials from Customs and Excise.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Sing their names with praise: The Titfield Thunderbolt, Whisky Galore, The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, The Man in the White Suit. These and other British comedies from the late Forties and early Fifties brought delight and charm not just to the British but also to a large number of Americans. We'd find ourselves in highly unlikely, sometimes ridiculous circumstances during which the actors played their roles with oblivious seriousness, without a wink or smirk to the audience. The writing was clever, the direction was brisk and the acting was highly skilled deadpan. Brandy for the Parson, filmed in 1952, tries hard to be a member of that group, doesn't quite make it, but still has much to appreciate.

A young couple, Bill Harper and Petronilla Brand (James Donald and Jean Lodge), out for a boating holiday, manage to hit and sink Tony Rackman's boat. They wind up conned into taking Tony (Kenneth More) to a French port where he says he was going to pick up a few things. It turns out the "things" are 12 barrels of prized and illegal brandy. By the time our couple and Tony get the barrels back to England, the custom's inspectors are after them. Bill and Petronilla reluctantly feel they must help Tony. After all, they sank his boat, it's not much brandy and, with the inspectors after all of them, they don't have much choice. So now we're off on a series of improbable adventures involving everything and everyone from a Boy Scout troop, trained circus ponies, the Lascombe Steam Laundry van and its delivery driver, George Crumb (Charles Hawtrey), shady pub owners, effete wine merchants, a gentleman farmer who knows too well the price of brandy and an assortment of some very capable, pungent British character actors.

But, oh, is the pace leisurely.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandy For The Parson 8 Oct 2010
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Great film but the sound track is poor i had to turn the volume right up to hear it
i know its an old movie but they could have cleaned it up better or at least brought the volume up a little
other than that its a great movie
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Brandy for the Parson comes out of Group 3 Productions and Southall Studios. It's directed by John Eldridge and adapted for the screen by John Dighton (The Man in the White Suit/Kind Hearts and Coronets) & Walter Meade (Scott of the Antarctic) from a story by Geoffrey Household. It stars James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper, Charles Hawtrey & Alfie Bass. Music is by John Addison and Martin Curtis is on cinematography.

Young couple Bill (Donald) & Petronilla (Lodge) find their yachting holiday turned upside down after a collision with Tony Rackham (More). For Tony is smuggling Brandy from France to London! And now that he has no boat, the young couple are obliged to help him. With the Customs Office on their tail and their destination seemingly miles and miles away, it will need a lot of fortune to go their way if they are to evade capture and stay out of prison.

No doubt about it, Brandy for the Parson is something akin to entering a time warp. But that is meant in the nicest possible way. Group 3 was a British company set up to give young film makers a chance in the industry, some of their 50s productions have finally made it on to DVD. The likes of Miss Robin Hood, The Love Match, Orders Are Orders, Make Me an Offer and this here smuggling caper, all encompass a British sensibility that makes them stand out on their own: well more that they can't be bracketed with the best of Ealing, Powell & Pressburger and the Boulting Brothers. They are film's that are rough around the edges but have a charming appeal that's unique to fans of British comedy movies from the 50s. With that in mind, they are not for everyone, and certainly not all of them are film's easy to recommend. But for those of a similar persuasion to myself there is much to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Lovely Film 13 Jan 2012
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This film has a good believable story and maintains the point all Englishmen are pirates or smugglers - it's in the blood!
Innocent newly wed couple leave London go to boat at coast - lovely thing she is and the boats nice too - however she , his wife, is no good at 'driving' and smashes into poor old Kenneth More in his little sort of rowing boat thing , sinks him in minutes
takes him, dripping wrapped in blanket, not simply back to shore but to his destination , France, money changes hands with a chap (Frenchman) who owns a certain shop - goods are delivered to couple's boat, Customs what Customs ? what seems a plain straight forward story twists and turns with all sorts of characters , a thoroughly delightful tale which leaves one feeling happy but sad - sad this lovely story is over.
Watch out for Michael Trubshawe (of 'Titfield Thunderbolt') as Redworth, a first class performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle caper!! 26 Jan 2012
By J Cattermole VINE VOICE
A great movie, Hawtrey steals the film he's fantastic. It's gently paced, it is definitely more of a caper than a 'comedy classic' but worth a watch, it's amusing and enjoyable for all the family, we certainly had a laugh watching it being fans of Charles Hawtrey, he has a decent part in it too, very fun caper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy Laughs 8 Jan 2012
By A. Bear
There is something about the films of this era that I just love. The humour is still fresh and there isn't the need to resort to crudity beyond the odd innuendo. It's a simple enough set up; smugglers v the men from 'the ministry' and it is the sort of thing that British film makers have always done well. There is a great strain of anarchy running through the film without it ever getting out of hand and the spirit of fair play wins through. I'd recommend this film to anyone wanting a cosy time on the sofa and an escape of the reality of this so called modern age we live in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
boring film.
Published 2 days ago by patricia Ruscoe
4.0 out of 5 stars rare classic
great classic b&w where everyone of the time was acting in it ,great british humour .story of brandy and chsing customs round rural villages
Published 6 months ago by markus
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly interesting story for an old film.
This film kept me watching with a storyline that was interesting and actors well know, That;s all there is to say.
Published 10 months ago by BP Worrall
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot-less Has This Been Re-edited
I found it very hard to follow this release, I have thoughts that it has been re-edited as some of the plot does not make sense, the plot for this film does not become clear until... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DJ Snap
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting
Made me laugh so much comedy at its best reminiscing of when life was so different then,even though this was when I was not even born, love all these old innocent films..
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Marguerite J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Brandy for the Parson
Very please that the cd came on time and in tack. Great old film but the sound was slightly muffled.
Published 17 months ago by genie
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper entertainment
All good old fashioned entertainment. Melodic tunes to get you going and funny films (no needless swearing) good honest comedy.
Published 17 months ago by alan newman
2.0 out of 5 stars Brandy for the Parson
I bought this to watch at Christmas, based on the movie reviews. Have to say, it turned out to be somewhat disappointing, not in the same class as the Admirable Crichton, for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MRS WENDY SIME
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming.
'Brandy For The Parson' is a charming, and faintly ramshackle old movie that keeps making me want to see it again, and again. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paschal
1.0 out of 5 stars nice little film terrble sound quality.
this is probably a nice little oldfashioned english comedy,but i'll never really know as i spent so much time adjusting the audio to try and hear the dialogue that i gave up and... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by ajwa
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