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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

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Helen Cherry ...
Lady Kirkman
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Edward Chapman ...
The Admiral
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The G.O.C.
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Jackie
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Morellos
John Salew ...
Fernando
Robin Bailey ...
Charles
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Dobrieda
Paul Demel ...
The Chef
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Fernando's Wife
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Lord Kynaston (as Henry Longhurst)
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Tea Shop Proprietor (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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The post-war Labour government appoints an ex-docker as Governor of a Mediterranean colony.

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(Gaumont Kalee Recording) (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are wholly fictitious. See more »

Quotes

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

Version of His Excellency (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata for Flute and Cello
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Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Culture Clash
7 January 2012 | by 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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