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A Canterbury Tale (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 21 January 1949 (USA)
Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.
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Cast

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Bob Johnson (as Sergt. John Sweet U.S. Army)
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Narrator (non-US versions) / Seven-Sisters Soldier / Village Idiot
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Thomas Duckett
Hay Petrie ...
Woodcock
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Betty Jardine ...
Fee Baker
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Harvey Golden ...
Leonard Smith ...
Leslie
James Tamsitt ...
Terry
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Storyline

A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury. The town is being plagued by a mysterious "glue-man", who pours glue on the hair of girls dating soldiers after dark. The three attempt to track him down, and begin to have suspicions of the local magistrate, an eccentric figure with a strange, mystical vision of the history of England in general and Canterbury in particular. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Four modern pilgrims in a story of today - yet away from war.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canterbury mesék  »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cathedral bells seen in the opening and closing shots were a miniature replica of Canterbury's Bell Harry Tower to allow the camera to track up to and through them. The bells were "rung" by bell ringers from the Cathedral, who pulled the strings with finger and thumb to a playback of the real bells. See more »

Quotes

Sergt. Roczinsky: Hey, let's have some tea first, huh?
Bob Johnson: That stuff?
Sergt. Roczinsky: Sure; it's a habit, like marijuana.
Bob Johnson: I'll take marijuana.
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Connections

Featured in A Canterbury Trail (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung in the cathedral
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A Delightful Gem
2 April 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Whatever the subject of their films one always knows that the results will be special when Powell and Pressburger are involved. Set in war time England the story follows 4 characters (2 soldiers, a woman and a local magistrate) as they eventually make a modern day pilgrimage to Canterbury. Each has their own personal problem and worry mostly brought on by the war. Their stories intertwine with each other as they become acquainted on their journey. The end results are quite special. The end results were probably dictated by the need for an uplifting movie during the War but the results are neither maudlin or contrived and hold up very well after 50 years. One is tempted to single out individual cast members but this is really an ensemble effort and all, from major to minor roles, are quite simply superb. A real gem.


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