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His Excellency (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | January 1952 (UK)
The post-war Labour government appoints an ex-docker as Governor of a Mediterranean colony.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ...
George Harrison
Cecil Parker ...
Helen Cherry ...
Susan Stephen ...
Edward Chapman ...
The Admiral
Clive Morton ...
G.O.C.
Alec Mango ...
Jackie
Geoffrey Keen ...
Morellos
John Salew ...
Fernando
Robin Bailey ...
Charles
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Paul Demel ...
Chef
Elspeth March ...
Mrs Fernando
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Tea shop proprietor
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Lord Kynaston
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The post-war Labour government appoints an ex-docker as Governor of a Mediterranean colony.

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Great Britain's Colonies are known to be the outposts of her Empire. They are reputed also to be the outposts of dressing for dinner, reading The Times, cricket and afternoon tea. But Britons find time to spare from these delights to grapple with the responsibilities of Colonial Administration. Especially are these responsibilities grave in a Colony which is a Naval Base as well. This film tells of a mythical Colony of this kind during Britain's recent Labour régime. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Harrison: What about you having any fun?
George Harrison: Depends how you mean. Back in Samuel Street there was many a time when I thought 'Why the hell don't they do this that or the other?' And now by God I'm them. If I can do just one tenth of the things I cursed them for not doing, well that's my fun...
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Version of His Excellency (1958) See more »

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Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Culture Clash
7 January 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film has not been shown on TV in well over 20years and i don't think it has been released on TV.Alas it is not some forgotten masterpiece rather a dull comedy drama from Ealing. The film is set in the period of the 1945-51 Labour government.Portman plays a trade union official who has been appointed High Commissioner above a career diplomat played by Cecil Parker and his snobbish wife played by Helen Cherry..The film revolves around culture clashes inside the embassy and in the dockyards.His daughter has to fight and ultimately quell a rebellion in the kitchen of the Consulate whilst Portman has to do likewise with the local populace who are led by Geoffrey Keen in dark make up.The film is extremely dated and reeks of comments on class relationships.It is difficult to know whom this film could appeal to and is evidence of the gradual decline in Ealing which would lead to its closure in 1955. Incidentally the locale looks like Gibraltar or Malta but it is in fact located in Sicily.Apparently Jill Cragie claimed that the BBFC decided that the film could not be set in those locations,which she says it was really about.No doubt bad for the image of Britain.


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