Genevieve (1953)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  15 February 1954 (USA)
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It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Wendy McKim
John Gregson ...
Alan McKim
Kay Kendall ...
Rosalind Peters
Ambrose Claverhouse
Geoffrey Keen ...
Reginald Beckwith ...
J. C. Callahan
Arthur Wontner ...
Old Gentleman
Joyce Grenfell ...
Hotel proprietress
Leslie Mitchell ...
Himself - Newsreel Commentator


It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. Along the way, some old jealousies are kindled to the point where the two men decide to have a "friendly" wager on who will be the first back to London. Once the competitive juices get all fired up, however, it quickly becomes a nasty, hotly-contested affair. Ambrose's companion must suffer through her "maiden voyage" on the rally, while Mrs. McKim, on the other hand, is a long-time sufferer of her husband's obsession. Written by Albert Jingle

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It ought to be illegal to let "Genevieve" on the streets!




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Release Date:

15 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die feurige Isabella  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Claire Bloom was first choice for the role of Wendy but was unavailable. See more »


While playing trumpet, Kay Kendall's fingers are pressing the wrong valves. See more »


Wendy McKim: This is the end! Making a public spectacle of yourselves. I couldn't have believed you could have behaved like this, either of you. Just hawling like brooligans.
Ambrose Claverhouse: Hawling like brooligans?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits: For their patient cooperation the makers of this film express their thanks to the officers and members of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. Any resemblance between the deportment of our characters and any club members is emphatically denied - - - by the club. See more »


Trumpet solo
Performed by Kenny Baker
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An inspiration to veteran toy vehicle collectors
30 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw the film 'Genevieve' around 1969 - 1970 at home in glorious Black and white on black and white TV. Since then it has always stood out in my mind as one of the more memorable and enjoyable films from the 50's and 60's so common on TV at that time.

It's gentle comedy and heartening scenes of the English countryside along with the outstanding and unforgettable harmonic tones of Larry Adler's uplifting score make for such a rich and pleasing cinematic experience.

I have probably now seen the film more than five times and more recently in full colour, which makes it even more pleasing to the eye and enables one to see not only the main star 'Genevieve' but all the other incidental passing vehicles of the late forties and early fifties in their full livery and colour. Many of these vehicles would today be collectors items in their own right.

It would not be putting it too strongly to say that the film 'Genenieve' is a toy vehicle appreciators and collectors delight, as well as an inspiration for restorers of full size veteran vehicles.

Alan Wainwright

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