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Castle in the Air (1952)

 -  Comedy  -  26 December 1952 (USA)
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The owner of a Scottish castle discovers that it is haunted by the spirit of a beautiful woman. He decides to use the ghost as a tourist attraction for his castle.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Earl of Locharne
Helen Cherry ...
Boss Trent
Margaret Rutherford ...
Miss Nicholson
Barbara Kelly ...
Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne
A.E. Matthews ...
Blair
Patricia Dainton ...
Ermyntrude
Ewan Roberts ...
Menzies
Brian Oulton ...
Phillips
Clive Morton ...
MacFee
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Hiker
Pat Sandys ...
Girl Hiker
Russell Waters ...
Moffat
John Harvey ...
Andrews
Esme Beringer ...
Mrs. Thompson
Winifred Willard ...
Miss Miller
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An Earl's ancestral castle is literally falling apart. His efforts to support it by hosting tourists and paid guests isn't working. A coal firm wants it to use as a vacation resort, for which it would be requisitioned by the government, and a distant-American cousin wants to purchase it to live in. Written by Becie

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Bonnie Prince Charlie was a Catholic Stewart, one of the reasons he was persecuted. It would have been better to have a Catholic priest rather than a Protestant vicar and wife on the committee that Miss Nicholson (Margaret Rutherford) chaired. See more »

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There Goes Your Heart
Written by Barry Gray
Composed by Edward Dryhurst
Sung by David Tomlinson (uncredited)
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Modest British Comedy Benefits From Players
27 May 2003 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Earl Of Locharne (David Tomlinson) is an impoverished Scottish laird who rents out his castle as a bed and breakfast. He relies on his assistant Bess Trent (Helen Cherry) for practical matters and she, in turn, is in love with him. One of his tenants is Miss Nicholson (Margaret Rutherford) who is a genealogist convinced that the Earl is the true King Of Scotland. The castle is also haunted by a mischevious ghost of Ermyntrude (Patricia Dainton). The action starts went two visitors come to the castle. Rich American divorcee Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne (Barbara Kelly) claims a Scottish heritage and is interested in buying the castle. Meanwhile National Coal Board official Mr. Phillips (Brian Oulton) is interested in requisitioning the castle as a rest home for miners. Assorted character actors (A.E. Matthews as a disgruntled tenant, Ewan Roberts as a butler and Clive Morton as an adjacent landowner) round out the cast. Obviously Mrs. Dunne competes with Miss Trent for the Earl's affection and with Mr. Phillips for the castle. Although this is a relatively modest effort I enjoyed it significantly. The young David Tomlinson plays a more adult character than his usual type as a "silly ass" Englishmen. I wasn't familiar with Helen Cherry, primarily a stage actress who was the real life wife of Trevor Howard, but she is attractive and charming. While I had often seen Brian Oulton over his long film career it was usually in one scene comedic character roles. It was Pleasant to see him in a much larger role with a greater range of emotion. Both Barbara Kelly and Patricia Dainton, like all the players, seemed to be enjoying themselves in the film. A special note on Margaret Rutherford who is single handedly worth the price of admission. The scene where she drags the Earl and Mrs. Dunne off to a meeting of the supporters for the Earl's claim to the throne of Scotland is delightful. Technical credits are good but modest, given the funding limits on British quota quickies of the period. All things considered a very pleasant way to spend time.


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