1 user 1 critic

His Excellency (1952)

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



(play), (play) | 2 more credits »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama about parole officers to follow the successful Ealing police story of _Blue Lamp, The (1950)_. Various sub-plots follow the parole officers and their charges.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
Stars: Cecil Parker, Celia Johnson, Harry Fowler
Lease of Life (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The parson of a small rural community knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Adrienne Corri
Waterloo Road (1945)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: John Mills, Stewart Granger, Alastair Sim
The Detective (1954)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Eric Portman, Guy Rolfe, Nadia Gray
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor
The Scapegoat (1959)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A middle-aged widower (Guinness) and his son go to Paris on vacation and try to find wives for each other in this charming romantic comedy. In HD.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit, a man is torn between revenge (which will probably destroy him) or ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A drunken, abusive tavern-keeper's adulterous wife uses the backward son of a rigid, puritanical pharmacist who makes his entire family miserable.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Mervyn Johns, Mary Merrall, Gordon Jackson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum


Cast overview, first billed only:
George Harrison
Cecil Parker ...
Helen Cherry ...
Edward Chapman ...
The Admiral
Clive Morton ...
The G.O.C.
Alec Mango ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
John Salew ...
Robin Bailey ...
Paul Demel ...
The Chef
Fernando's Wife
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Lord Kynaston (as Henry Longhurst)
Tea Shop Proprietor (as Howard Marion Crawford)


The post-war Labour government appoints an ex-docker as Governor of a Mediterranean colony.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Approved | See all certifications »





Release Date:

January 1952 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Gaumont Kalee Recording) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are wholly fictitious. See more »


Sir James Kirkman: It's his job and it's his way of doing it. Good luck to him.
See more »


Version of His Excellency (1958) See more »


Sonata for Flute and Cello
Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Ernest Irving
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss His Excellency (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: