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The Good Companions (1933)

Film musical taken from JB Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Oakroyd
Miss Elizabeth Trant
Percy Parsons ...
Morton Mitcham
Jimmy Nunn
Florence Gregson ...
Mrs. Oakroyd
Frank Pettingell ...
Sam Oglethorpe
Lawrence Hanray ...
Mr. James Tarvin (as Laurence Hanray)
Annie Esmond ...
Mrs. James Tarvin
Harold Meade ...
J. Fisher White ...
Muriel Aked ...
Vicar's Wife
Arnold Riches ...


Film musical taken from JB Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 November 1935 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Caravana Errante  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The final shots feature rare archive footage of the RMS Empress of Britain leaving Southampton for Quebec. Launched in 1930 to promote transatlantic routes to Canada rather than New York, she would be sunk by submarine U-32 on October 10 1940 off the east coast of Ireland. At 42,348 gross tons, she was the largest liner sunk during World War 2 and the largest ship ever sunk by a U-boat. Due to earlier attacks she was under tow with only a skeleton crew and there were no casualties. See more »


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Let Me Give My Happiness to You
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Sung by Jessie Matthews
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Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn, Mary Glynne
18 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Story of disparate characters who "run away" from their unhappy lives and who by chance all meet up with a broke and stranded troupe of musical entertainers. They band together, the show goes on, and they all find what they were looking for.

At 112 minutes, it seems longer than most British "musicals" of the time but the story stretches out at a leisurely pace to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

Chief among the delights here are Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Glynne. Matthews plays Susie Dean (star of tomorrow ... or the day after) and although she is not the solo star, this ranks among her best performances. Gielgud and Gwenn are terrific (and never looked younger) as the music teacher and laid-off worker, and Glynne shines as the wallflower who blossoms in the group of good companions.

Also in cast Finlay Currie, A.K. Baskcomb, and a very young Jack Hawkins as Albert. Directed by Victor Saville.

The climactic benefit show that features Matthews amid the turmoil is a terrific sequence, and its conclusion and follow-up scene are just plain wonderful.

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