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Folly to Be Wise (1952) Poster

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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".
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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.
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The original 1949 play by James Bridie, under the title 'It Depends What You Mean', enjoyed a great success with Alastair Sim as the director as well as the leading man. It opened in Glasgow's King's Theatre on September 11 1944 with a cast including Angela Baddeley and Wilfred Hyde-White. The production then toured Aberdeen and Edinburgh before beginning a long run at the Westminster Theatre, London in October. Sim worked closely with Bridie on many projects and was able to use his box-office appeal to bring many, like this, to screen and also to television.
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