The Card [VHS] 
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
A young man who hasn't a bean in the world, turns fate around to find fame, fortune, love and success in this light dramatisation of the Arnold Bennett novel starring Alec Guiness.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Edwin is a film based on the play by the late John Mortimer. It is offered here as bonus material and a very fine bonus at that!
Sir Fennimore Truscott (Alec Guinness) is a retired High Court Judge living with his wife Margaret (Rene Asherson) in a stately mansion somewhere in Suffolk with the apt name of Gallows Corner. (Mortimer was noted for a mild sense of humour.) The couple's long-standing neighbour is Tom Marjoriebanks (Paul Rogers) who has the habit of parking himself at Gallows Corner for a good meal and a drink, but not without making a contribution in the form of kitchen hand. (There is a Gallows Corner in Essex at a junction between the A12 and A127 just east of Romford.)
An example of the infernal triangle, the plot runs on the lines that Truscott suspects his one and only child, a son named Edwin, may have been fathered by Marjoriebanks. Truscott at the commencement of the film, sitting up in bed one morning, addresses us (the viewer and jury in this “trial”) in a legalistic manner of a trial in which he seeks to find out the truth of Edwin's fatherly connection.
The entire action takes place during the course of a fine day—with all three protagonists present at Gallows Corner—steadily unravelling as Truscott puts forward his thesis. Edwin pays a brief visit to the house around midday (so far as we can gather), but he appears only briefly, and at some distance, standing with his mother.
Margaret is a keen gardener both in and out of the conservatory; the gardener, named Cattermole, is talked of very occasionally but never appears in person.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film, great acting, very enjoyable. Fully recommend, guaranteed to make you smile and make the sun shine.Published 2 months ago by planechant2
Alec Guinness plays a young man looking for opportunities to climb the social ladder, without stepping on others to do it. An amusing film.Published 3 months ago by Christopher B. Thomas
A very good comedy with star performances by the cast. Good storyline from a byegone age.Published 6 months ago by Pansy Potter