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The Card [VHS] [1952]

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark, Edward Chapman
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Arnold Bennett, Eric Ambler
  • Producers: Bob McNaught, Earl St. John, John Bryan
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 26 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIFR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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.

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Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review is for “Edwin” the bonus in this package.

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.
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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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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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