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My Wife's Lodger (1952)

A soldier comes home from the war expecting a warm welcome, but he finds that his wife had taken in a lodger during his absence, and now she and his somewhat dingy daughter seem to be paying much more attention to the lodger than to him.

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Dominic Roche ...
Willie Higginbotham
Olive Sloane ...
Maggie Higginbotham
Leslie Dwyer ...
Roger the Lodger
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Eunice Higginbotham
Alan Sedgwick ...
Tex
Vincent Dowling ...
Norman Higginbotham
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Mother-in-Law
Martin Wyldeck ...
Policeman
David Hannaford ...
Vernon
Ilena Sylva ...
Vernon's Mother
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Doctor
Wally Patch ...
Sergeant
Derek Tansley ...
Deserter
Alastair Hunter ...
Lance Corporal (as Alistair Hunter)
Toke Townley ...
Soldier
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A soldier comes home from the war expecting a warm welcome, but he finds that his wife had taken in a lodger during his absence, and now she and his somewhat dingy daughter seem to be paying much more attention to the lodger than to him.

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Dis-spriting British comedy.
7 December 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Maurice Elvey objected to screenings of these cut price knockabouts as examples of his work, as some friends of mine discovered when they invited him to front this feeble second feature.

Decades after his death he has, of course, been justified by the recovery of his lost LIFE OF DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, and the dusting off of his twenties HINDLE WAKES, allowed to molder on archive shelves during his lifetime - the two most imposing British silent films known.

It was outrageous that the British film industry was unable to find a better use for the maker than this un-funny stage hit with an ugliness that extended beyond its wallpapered decors into its depiction of a returned soldier bread winner rejected by his family for not being able to advance their living standard until he receives a legacy which make him the head of the house rather than the spiv war time tenant.

Plot strands appear and vanish abruptly. Marx Brothers gags are re-staged weakly and only Diana Dors, plausible as the British blonde bombshell daughter, generates any interest. We can see elements of HINDLE WAKES in the brief downwards shots of the Palais dancing or the milk man starting the day on the terrace street but the film is without any of the feeling of community - both oppressive and supporting which made the earlier film remarkable.

Elvey brings some smoothness to the staging but is defeated by poor studio matching and his undistinguished cast and crew.


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