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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Capt. William Paris
Elizabeth Allan ...
Angela Prout
Roland Culver ...
George Prout
Colin Gordon ...
Prof. James Mutch
Martita Hunt ...
Lady Dodds
Janet Brown ...
Jessie Killegrew
Peter Martyn ...
Walter
Miles Malleson ...
Dr. Hector McAdam
Edward Chapman ...
Joseph Byres M.P.
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Drill Sergeant
Michael Ripper ...
Drill Corporal
Robin Bailey ...
Intellectual Corporal
Michael Kelly ...
Staff Sergeant
George Cole ...
Soldier in Brains Trust audience
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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from Thomas Gray's poem "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (1768). The actual lines (the last two lines of the poem) are ".... Where ignorance is bliss, /'Tis folly to be wise". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

The Whelk Song
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Written by John Temple West, Johnny Johnston and Louise Kulma
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Alastair Sim compensates for a weak film.....
29 March 2001 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

On hearing of this film I was looking forward to watching it. It's the typical 1950's British film, with the added bonus of Alastair Sim. He is brilliant, but the plot is weak. Social matters are highlighted that were common in Britain then, such as the Labour party versus the Tories etc. But the plot doesn't hold together well. Over all a good enough film, but no where near the St. Trinian's series or The Green Man. Watch out for a young George Cole as a soldier as well.


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