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YOU'LL FIND MORE THAN YOU EXPECT WITH THIS PICTURE OF A GENTEEL TIME
on 17 June 2014
Elegant, genteel picture from the closing period of Sir Alexander Korda's reign over the British Lion Organisation, in beautiful and delicate 'easter' colour, befitting Miss Shearer's beauty, not to mention perfect frame for her clever range of performing talents.
Tester to how such an old film can work for audiences beyond the one of its time: I was in my teens when I first saw this and thought anything from such an elegant age to be 'old hat', to say it very cleanly: but the film's sharp qualities very soon snared me when I saw just how mischievous Roland Culver goes on in the proceedings, and upon hearing precisely how his dialogue is interlaced with things untypical of the time. Culver had recently returned from several years in star and support in Hollywood, and always carries tricks up his sleeve.
The picture had been delayed from 1952 (it was filmed in 1954), and the only thing slightly drawing it back was having John Justin as lead, whose moment in time was passing by. Meanwhile, Kenneth More - merely this film's narrator - would be a British Lion superstar (courtesy of his turn in another Korda-Rattigan collaboration, THE DEEP BLUE SEA) by the end of that year.