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Father's Doing Fine (1952)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 April 1953 (USA)
Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending ... See full summary »

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Dougall
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Lady Buckering
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Shaughnessy
George Thorpe ...
Dr. Drew
Diane Hart ...
Doreen
Susan Stephen ...
Bicky
Mary Germaine ...
Gerda
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Catherine
Jack Watling ...
Clifford Magill
Peter Hammond ...
Roly
Brian Worth ...
Wilfred
Sidney James ...
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Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending birth and the love affairs of the other three daughters; Bicky, with eccentric student Roly; Gerda, married to artist Wilfred; and Catherine, in love with the landlord's son, Clifford Magill. In addition, the impoverished Lady Buckering is being courted by Dr. Drew. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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22 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Eine verrückte Familie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Dougall and Roly recite lines from Henry Newbolt's poem, Vitaï Lampada, the most recognized line of which is "Play Up! Play Up! And play the game!" See more »

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Sir Henry Newbolt's poem "Vitae Lampada" is used by permission of Captain Francis Newbolt. See more »

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Widecombe Fair
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Collected by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Dougal and Roly
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Adapted for film with a rubber mallet
11 December 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Adapted from a radio play – not very much ! – this entirely stage set domestic drama has the actors doing monologues and sotto voce to the non – existent audience.

It follows the domestic travails of a family, including the birth of a child at their house, the woman the wife of a particularly annoying Richard Attenborough, and a "dreadful situation" between a beatnik fiancée and his girlfriend's younger sister and her callow witless boyfriend.

There are also a couple of love intrigues and an old man with an amazingly dull "radio" voice. Sidney James has a brief cameo as a cabby.


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