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The Promoter (1952)

The Card (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 14 August 1952 (Sweden)
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

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Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin
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Nellie Cotterill
Edward Chapman ...
Herbert Duncalf
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Mrs. Codleyn
Frank Pettingell ...
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Gibb McLaughlin ...
Emery
Joey the Mule ...
Joey the Mule
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A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Here's That Man Again in a Gay New Misadventure! See more »

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The tune played during the parade at the end of the movie is the "Colonel Bogey March", which was used prominently in another Alec Guinness film, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). See more »

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Editing: In the parade at the end of the film, the star footballer signed by Machin (who doesn't yet appear in the cast credits) winks at the grandees during the march past in long shot followed second later by the close-up of the same action. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Machin: You can live where ya like... but i'm stayin' here.
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The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
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Written by Fred Gilbert
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Up The Ladder Of Success
9 April 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Card must have been an interesting if somewhat painful film for Alec Guinness to make. This might have been the most autobiographical piece of work Guinness ever did.

In The Card Guinness plays the son of washerwoman who learned early on to keep an eye out for the main chance and always strive to improve yourself by whatever means. In real life Guinness's mother should only have been a washerwoman In fact she was a prostitute who never married his father, whomever that could have been. In real life Guinness overcame bigger obstacles than his character in The Card ever did.

But I'm sure he drew from real life in playing Denny Machin. Guinness in 91 minutes goes from a humble clerk to a position of real power in his area of England. The story is how he did it, the legal and extralegal methods employed and the people he used. When you think about it, The Card is a kinder, gentler version of Room At The Top.

Guinness courts two women on his way up, Valerie Hobson the widow of a local lord and dancing instructor Glynis Johns. Glynis is quite the climber herself as we learn when the story unfolds. In fact she nearly steals the film from Guinness, no easy task.

The Card which was released in the USA under the title of The Promoter is a good followup to such other Guinness everyman roles like he had in The Lavendar Hill Mob. The screenplay is quite good, I was kept very entertained seeing how Guinness could always make lemonade out of lemons. Definitely required viewing for Alec Guinness's legion of fans.


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