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Old Mother Riley, Headmistress (1950)

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Arthur Lucan ...
Kitty McShane ...
Willer Neal ...
Travers
Cyril Smith ...
Maltby
C. Denier Warren ...
Clifton Hill
Enid Hewitt ...
Miss Carruthers (as Enid Hewit)
Paul Sheridan ...
Nixon
Harry Herbert ...
Simon
Ossie Waller ...
Copeland (as Oswald Waller)
Jenny Mathot ...
Mlle. Leblanc
Myrette Morven ...
Miss Chester
Ethel Royale ...
Lady Meersham (as Ethel Royal)
Bill Stephens ...
Mayor
Eve Dewhurst ...
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Miss Ashton (as Catherine Carleton) (as Catherine Carlton)
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During the fire scene, Mrs. Riley goes to throw a large vase out of the window but, as Arthur Lucan picks it up, it starts to disintegrate. He stifles a laugh, but continues with the scene. See more »

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Followed by Jungle Treasure (1951) See more »

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Till All Our Dreams Come True
(uncredited)
based on "Plaisir d'amour"
Music by Johann Martini
English Lyrics by Desmond O'Connor and Lawrence Wright
Sung by Kitty McShane and The Luton Girls' Choir
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Interesting example of early Brit comedy
5 January 2001 | by (Oxnard, CA) – See all my reviews

The Old Mother Riley series was certainly an interesting concept. Heterosexual British males really relish dressing up in drag (Dame Edith, Monty Python, Benny Hill, etc.), and this series may well have started more modern comedians on their way. Unfortunately, the films have suffered in quality over the years, and are faded or spotty. Some that I have viewed have such poor sound quality that I lost a goodly portion of the jokes as well as the plot! "Headmistress" has survived somewhat better, probably because it was towards the end of the series, but Lucan's physical comedy has become automatic and predictable in this one. Still, if you are a lover of Brit humor, as I am, you'll find this a pleasant pasttime.


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