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Folly to Be Wise (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 December 1953 (USA)
Newly arrived Army chaplin Captain Paris (Alastair Sim) attempts to book various acts for the entertainment of a troop of soldiers.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Roland Culver ...
Colin Gordon ...
Janet Brown ...
Peter Martyn ...
Miles Malleson ...
Edward Chapman ...
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Drill Sergeant
Michael Ripper ...
Drill Corporal
Robin Bailey ...
Intellectual Corporal
Michael Kelly ...
Staff Sergeant


A newly-arrived army padre is put in charge of camp entertainment and has the idea of putting on a Brains Trust with local notables. Unfortunately for him, it emerges from a question on the rights and wrongs of marriage that there is more going on between three of the panellists than he wants to know about - though the audience obviously thinks differently. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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6 December 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was screened for the British trade on November 26th, 1952 and was press screened for Variety at the Odeon, Marble Arch in London on December 1st. See more »


Just before Walter gives Captain Paris a message for the Doctor, Captain Paris bangs the gavel on the table and then places the gavel next to his glasses. He then receives the message with his left hand. Next shot he is holding his glasses with his left hand and holding the message with his right hand. See more »


The Whelk Song
Written by John Temple West, Johnny Johnston and Louise Kulma
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Whilst being a good comedy........
14 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Intelligence Corps Field Security Police would have in a field day writing out the report of the whole proceedings of the Brians Trust set-up for the troops camp concert entertainment. Sim plays his beleagued camp padre role beautifully well, with his typist WRAC girl, persisting in asking the crucial question about marriage to its very extreme detail answer. She typed out the suitable questions for the BT, so in practice, had editorial control of the proceedings & the direction the show took.

For those that do not remember or never heard of the Brians Trust, it was a development from a WW II BBC radio programme, which had wide audience appeal.

George Cole who plays the soldier nervously offering his "vote of thanks" to the padre for his efforts in organising the show, at the end of the film, was by this time, the adopted Barnado boy son of Sim.

For some good innocent Ealing comedy of the era, then this will kill 90 mins for you.

John Locke

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