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  • Actors: John Gregson, Diana Dors, Susan Stephen, Derek Farr, Frank Pettingell
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • 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: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6F1QJS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,562 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1950s British romantic comedy starring John Gregson and Diana Dors. After inheriting a large fortune from his father and breaking up with his girlfriend Ethel (Susan Stephen), young northerner Chayley Broadbent (Gregson) heads to London where he meets and falls for nightclub performer Ruthine West (Dors). He later proposes to Ruthine but becomes wise to the fact that she may only be after his money. Will he go ahead with the marriage or return to his former life?

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By Film Fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
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This enjoyable little comedy is directed by Ken Anakin, a talented director who honed his skills making documentaries, and went on to bigger and better films than this modest effort (well, bigger, anyway). He was a Yorkshire man, and he probably enjoyed directing the host of quirky actors lined up here. John Gregson is the leading man, and very good he is too - a handsome actor who could play comedy and serious roles equally well, and is probably best known for the seminal 1960s TV police series Gideon's way. The girls are also very glam, with a young, slim Diana Dors looking better than I've ever seen her, albeit in her trademark brassy way. And Susan Stephen is engaging and pretty as the 'nice girl', who rich but miserly Gregson abandons for the rather obvious 'charms' of on-the-make London 'actress', Dors (quite racy for back in the Fifties). It's filmed in gorgeous Technicolour (a very good print), the clothes are beautifully tailored and the interiors in London and 'up North' are extremely stylish. (I wonder if the producers had the US market in mind with this one). Needless to say, it has a happy ending. I loved it, but a word of warning, some people will regard is as predictable, dated nonsense, which is why I had to watch it on my own. Never mind, different strokes for different folks.
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The picture and sound quality is excellent. The film is not "letterboxed" (I am writing what I see, not anything about aspect ratio - so please don't chastise me for my observation!)

I actually enjoyed the film, especially the whole raft of stars - from Leslie Phillips (a favourite of mine), doing his very best to create a convincing Yorkshire accent, to the lovely Diana Dors.

John Gregson puts in a fine performance as a young man who has inherited a lot of money and whose dead father still has a considerable influence on his life.

At first, I thought the story would be predictable; it had every indication of being similar(ish) to "The Big Money". However, I was pleased to find that it wasn't.

I found Diana's acting to be first rate and well worth watching; her character was superb, without being over the top.

Of course, the film is "dated". However, to a collector (such as I), this is the charm. I enjoyed the whole film and am glad I bought a copy.
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I first saw this film at the Picture House in Granby St, Leicester when I was 11 years old! I am glad to say that I enjoyed it just as much now as I did then. To see Miss Dors in her prime, acting with an excellent selection of British acting talent was a joy.
The setting was just right I cant fault this film.
The quality of the transfer to DVD was very good. The only thing I find disappointing with a lot of the British films that have been released on to DVD is that they rarely if ever use the original artwork on the cover.
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I heard so much about this film, produced in the fifties in a Yorkshire mill town, that I wanted to see it. I loved the cheesy storyline, but could imagine a miserly Yorkshireman behaving like this. The scenes showed a grimy town, probably everyone's idea of the north! I loved the fashions of that era and Diana Dors looked stunning and played a good part.

This is a great film full of nostalgia and a good insight into what life was like in the 1950's, it was also a refreshing change to watch a film that wasn't full of bad language and sex scenes. Good old fashioned humour!
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John Gregson, the son of the local ragtrade manufactour, inherits a good fortune from his father's death and wants to be careful with the money he is left with. A group of his employees and himself embark on a weekend trip to London. They go to watch a good performance in the theatre, and they are taken from the audience for a dance. You can guess the house wives are furious seeing them on TV. He meets Diana Dors and feels in is in love with her. A host of stars, iincluding Derek Farr in this classic comedy.
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Jolly British comedy of the 1950's starring the greatly underated John Gregson as Yorkshire miser Chayley Broadbent.

Chayley has inherited his father's business in the rag trade but in true Yorkshire way still counts every penny. A trip to London with friends for the Rugby League Cup final ends with Chayley becoming besotted with the beautiful Ruth (Diana Dors), despite the rising bill!!. When Chaley returns to Yorkshire, and becomes a local councillor, he invites Ruth to open a kiddies playground with hilarious consequences.

These old films make great sunday afternoon viewing. Well worth a look.
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A lovely film ,shot in vivid colour so typical of the 1950s. John Gregson is superb as tightfisted Chaley Broadbent owner of a Mill 'Up North' who is besotted with a London Showgirl Ruthine played remarkably well by Diana Dors. Look out for a young Leslie Phillips minus moustache.
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