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The Card (DVD) (1952)

Alec Guinness , Petula Clark    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Petula Clark, Glynis Johns, valerie Hobson
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: GRANADA
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KLF1US
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Alec Guinness stars as a cheeky, young working class lad trying to make something of himself in the world. Through a combination of intelligence and a keen eye for an opportunity Denry Machin (Alec Guinness) will try anything to advance himself, from purloining an invitation to the Countess of Chell's (Valerie Hobson) ball to setting up his own unique banking system! The trouble is - there's someone in town with an even keener eye for an opportunity than poor Dendry. And that someone is beautiful dance teacher Ruth Earp (Glynis Johns) - a penniless gold-digger with a taste for anything and everything expensive in this world! Can Dendry avoid her clutches while achieving his dreams? Alec Guinness gives one of his finest-ever performances in this charmingly traditional British romantic comedy.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Little Film! 28 Oct 2007
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a gentle comedy about a modest working class chap (Alec Guinness) who uses his wits to rise up the social ladder and make a bit of money into the bargain. A good cast and a delightful story all make for first class entertainment. His innovative ideas to get rich are not bad either!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Card 26 Jan 2010
Even though it's now shown on television quite regularly this is one of those films that still surprises with just how good, funny and relevant it is today.

It was made in 1952 when the British film industry was still a commercial force. Some of those involved were once famous and successful and are now ignored and almost forgotten. Some went on to bigger though not better things. Director Ronald Neame had been a cameraman and producer for David Lean and would go on to direct `The Poseidon Adventure'. But this, his second film as director, is by far his best.

It's an acutely observed comedy of social manners set in the English Midlands at the beginning of the last century. The original novel is by Arnold Bennett, a great writer of social comedy now almost out of print. The screenplay by a very different writer, Eric Ambler, whose books and screenplays remain under-appreciated. And it's the writing and the playing by a generally excellent cast which keep this film fresh and alive.

The DVD also contains Alec Guinness in a later television play by John Mortimer `Edwin' which is by turns cruel, funny and sad and is almost worth the price of the disc on its own.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Llandudno looks great 8 July 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Speaking to a friend working at our theatre he remembers the film The Card being filmed 54yrs ago.Sir Alec Guiness stayed in the Imperial Hotel and happily posed for photographs whilst walking to the promenard to do the filming.

The seaside town as you have now gathered for this very fifities film is The Queen of Welsh resorts Llandudno and a rather entertaining film it is too.

For Guiness fans this is a film worth watching and the reason i have given it a five star rating is because most of the film set is around the corner from where i live so its exciting seeing a film with familiar surroundings.

If you have seen Guiness playing Herbert Pocket in David Copperfield this film has the same sort of atmosphere a typical film of that era.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I watch this over and over and over and over 5 Aug 2011
I adore this film, always have, always will... watch out for Joan Hickson as the Outraged Client. Her offended exclamation is still used for comic effect in our family to this day, and we must have seen it first when I was a tiny tot ( more than 30 years ago ). This is British comedy at it's best.... Glynis Johns and Alec Guiness are a magic combination. Watch it and see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A treat for any Alec Guinness fan 12 Dec 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a joy! A wonderfully entertaining film, very well cast and excellent DVD transfer. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I'll happily watch any film starring Guinness and this one is no exception. Some very amusing moments - watch out for the donkey and the stick (no carrot involved).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining to watch. 24 Aug 2008
Amusing and entertaining movie starring a surprisingly good-looking Alec Guinness as an enterprising and innovative young man whose business ventures never seem to fail - despite the avarice Ruth Earp (Glynis Johns) he appears to woo, but she is far busier social-climbing for ever much grander titles, and ends up falling for the dashing 'Lord'! (Wilfred Hyde-White)

Also stars Petula Clark, Valerie Hobson, Michael Hordern and Joan Hickson.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The young Alec Guinness at his best 13 Jun 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Brilliant recreation of Arnold Bennett's comic novel of late 19th century Potteries life (Stoke-on-Trent etc) and the workers' seaside antics in North Wales - where many still go on vacation. Guinness plays Denry Machin - the cheeky, clever son of a washerwoman who finds love and fortune (not in that order) in a story full of adventure and warmth. Good supporting cast includes Glynis Johns and (a very young) Petula Clark. Like most of Bennett's Potteries novels it's partly biographical and partly unfulfilled dream.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Nostalgia 29 Jun 2011
By Vertigo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw five minutes of 'The Card' on telly, turned it off and immediately ordered the DVD. Fabulous, simple story, brilliantly acted, visuals and sound clear and sharp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie definitely one of the best movies of the fifties.
Published 7 days ago by frankybabes
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
First class film from Alec Guiness. Lovely to find this out on DVD. Not a swear word in sight, and still very funny.
Published 11 days ago by P. D. Willetts
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film
in my opinion one of the best films starring Alec Guinness .... fabulous story line, well written and very well acted, would recommend for any Alec Guinness fan or any fan of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs H C T Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Good find!
I always give five stars when it's exactly what I thought it was going to be and it arrives on time. Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by MikeyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage stuff
This is a great film from the high period in British cinema. Alec Guinness at his youthful peak. This was a gift from my daughter in law in NZ. She loves it.
Published 6 months ago by P Doff
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received
My friend had a very old copy of The Card, but it had been well used and the quality was lousy, so as it was such a favourite, I bought a new one for him.
Published 7 months ago by Setterlets8
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies
A lovely old fashioned movie. Such a pleasure to watch ,so sit yourselves down ,with a nice box of chocs and enjoy!
Published 8 months ago by Mme Victoria BAILEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Enerey - the Card
A very light hearted Ealing Comedy full of laughs - it always cheers me up despite his improbable run of good fortune. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JJHearty
1.0 out of 5 stars I said universal on the dvd -I was mislead

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of all or the whole: universal experience.
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Published 14 months ago by UAS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
This one of my favourite films. It is a classic "fell good" film. Not a bleak moment in it. The story is well described in the other reviews and is based on the book by Arnold... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marham
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