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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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Cast

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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
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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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Lock Up Your Dollars and Doughnuts...here's that man again! See more »

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14 August 1952 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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At the very end of the film, the town band strikes up the Col. Bogey March. Five years later, the same piece of music would become better known as the theme from the Alec Guinness movie "Bridge on the river Kwai." 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
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Gilbert
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Delightful comedy
20 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is another superb British comedy of the early '50s. The story (based quite closely upon the Arnold Bennett novel) is fun, the script by Eric Ambler spot on, and the production well done. The black and white photography is truly beautiful, and captures the sense of time, place and atmosphere better than any amount of glossy colour could have. I gather that some of the exteriors were shot in Burslem ("Bursley" in the film) and Llandudno, but even if they were not, they feel as though they could have been. The only time the illusion of reality was lost was during some clunky back-projection when Denry was driving his new car.

The performances were superb, as one expects of a British film of the period, from the principals, especially Alec Guinness and Glynis Johns -how beautiful she was, how grating her voice, and what a character she created - to extras with a few lines, e.g., Michael Hordern as a sympathetic bank manager.

In all, this film is a total delight.


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