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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
Veronica Turleigh ...
George Devine ...
Mr. H. Calvert
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Codleyn
Frank Pettingell ...
Police Superintendent
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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He's the cheekiest man in town! See more »

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14 August 1952 (Sweden)  »

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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 »

Goofs

Inside the moving van, the position of the match in Denry's hand changes between shots. 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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How can anyone not enjoy it?
30 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This terrific 1952 British black and white movie directed by Ronald Neame (with an inspired casting of a young Alec Guinness as Arnold Bennett's wonderful character, the upwardly-mobile Denry Machin), loses none of the story's magic and captures the flavour of the period (from about 1888 and onwards) and the Potteries (North Staffordshire, England) absolutely perfectly. The ballroom scene (among many others) is an utter delight.

The beautiful Valerie Hobson as the "Countess of Chell" is enchanting. Glynis Johns as the frivolous and extravagant social-climbing dance instructress is equally lovely. Edward Chapman as Mr Duncalf is at his usual pompous best. A marvellous supporting cast puts in a stalwart performance and are all on top form, and the acting by all involved is superb (although Petula Clark is a little too reserved and somewhat bland), but after all that, the star of the show surely has to be Joey the Mule.

I don't intend to give you the storyline as enough reviewers have done that already. Suffice it to say that of all the transferences of classic stories to the screen, this must be one of the best, and I defy anyone (young or old) who may watch it, not to enjoy it (even though it is in black and white), and unfortunately, even with colour and much improved modern techniques, marvellous movies like this just aren't made anymore.


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