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The historic market town of Dunmow, England is famous for the Dunmow Flitch, a mock trial to find the married couple epitomizing fidelity by proving they have had thoughts of no other for a year and a day, with the winning couple receiving a flitch of bacon, especially welcome and hard to come by during the post-war era. The Tophams have lived in Dunmow for fifteen years, but are still seen as outsiders by the Dunmow traditionalists, especially Miss Rosabelle Honeycroft, the elder domineering sister of the mild-mannered vicar, Hayworth Honeycroft. That is why Miss Honeycroft is so irked that Marjorie Topham has nominated her son, Basil Topham, and Basil's wife, Julie Topham, as the only entrants in this year's Flitch. Basil and Julie's young married life is not perfect as they live with Basil's parents, Marjorie and Aubrey Topham, and Basil's grandfather, Hillary Topham - which is a little too cozy for Julie's tastes - while their house is being built by local contractor Stanley ... Written by
The comedy is pretty broad but the film is enjoyable.
The German actress, Sonja Ziemann, plays a Hungarian maid, Marta. Could casting her as a Hungarian in any way be related to lingering feelings about the war? Regardless, when this pretty lady arrives to be the maid for a British family, problems develop as the father and son (David Tomlinson) begin acting googly-eyed whenever she is around. This is a serious problem, as Tomlinson is happily married to a sweet lady (Petula Clark) and this happiness is at risk due to his over-solicitous behavior towards the maid. To make things worse, the town has a happiest married couple contest--and this couple is nominated.
How men act around Marta in this film is a bit ridiculous and overdone. It certainly isn't subtle and the film is a bit silly. Yet, it's still oddly sweet and enjoyable. Not a film to rush to see but a nice time-passer.
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