on 17 December 2010
well realy i bought the film for my parents which they were delighted with the video. it stars mickael redgrave which is about a ex-crook desperate to keep his lawyer son from finding out about his wicked past. Sounds like the plot of a po-faced melodrama, but it's actually a joyous comedy.made in 1958
the star cast are- Jeremy Burnham, Elizabeth Sellars, Ronald Squire, George Coulouris, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries, Harold Goodwin, Meredith Edwards, Brenda Bruce, David Hutcheson, John le Mesurier, Michael Trubshaw, Reginald Beckwith, Moultrie Kelsall, Mary Kerridge, Irene Handl, Allan Cuthbertson, Sam Kydd, John Hewer, John Warwick
I was beginning to get concerned about Network soundtracks (eg "INVASION"), but this release is very good. Excellent B/W clear picture 16.9 ratio, with good sound. Extras are a trailer and Images. No subs. The film is very much an Ealing style "British" comedy firmly rooted in the fifties. None the worse for that of course, and it is well acted by a huge cast of good character actors (Hickson/Jeffries/Kydd/Le Mes etc.) but the film is stolen by Morley who sets the bar very high in irascible judges. I wasn't very comfortable with Redgrave, but that's me. A gentle family comedy. Recomended
on 14 June 2014
In 1956 Michael Redgrave starred with Audie Murphy in THE QUIET AMERICAN and returned to London to play in this exceedingly well-made picture with the cast which persuades one to add it to one's collection. After this year, two decades of screen stardom, Redgrave began to take a back-seat from filming due to the onslaught of ill-health, and much of the remainder of his appearances would be welcome guest-starring roles.
One thing never said about this picture is that Hotspur Films Ltd., its maker (with British Lion) and a company headed by its veteran producer Paul Soskin, was controlled by Hammer: on the up from its classic touch on distinguished horror, it began to spread its re-investment across many different types of film subject. Hammer had briefly been in merger with British Lion before the war, when still under its founder S.Woolf Smith.
on 14 June 2015
great oldie from the past,a crook keeps getting sent to prison,when he comes out he always tells his son he was abroad,when the son grows up he wants to became a judge,the dad retires but just can't refuse to do another job.great fun
on 3 April 2016
Delightful, light-hearted, beautifully plotted caper movie, with a swarm of familiar faces from the fifties and sixties in small roles; Irene Handel, Sam Kydd, Lionel Jefferies, Brenda Bruce, Joan Hickson and many more. A real treat , right up with the best of Ealing.