45 user 18 critic

Genevieve (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 February 1954 (USA)
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 »



(story and screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
Whisky Galore (1949)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

Directors: Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple
Stars: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel
High and Dry (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland


Complete credited cast:
Wendy McKim
Alan McKim
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die feurige Isabella  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film takes place between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th September (as shown on Tania's party invitation), indicating a year of 1953. See more »


The position of the trumpet player changes considerably during the scene in the nightclub scene when he hands Rosalind the trumpet to play. See more »


Rosalind Peters: Ambrose only seems to think about two things. That silly old car - and the other thing.
Wendy McKim: What other thing? Oh. My husband only thinks about the car.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits: For their patient co-operation 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 »


Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The England that is no more
9 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful film this is, it takes you back to an England that is no more.The four leading stars compliment each other, with the beautiful Kay Kendall leading the way and Kenneth More having to put up with her dog as well. The great harmonica score enhances the film and sets the mood(reminds me of last of the summer wine music). I have lost count of the number of times i have seen this film but it is as enjoyable now as it was the first time i saw it. The plot is simple just two mates having a wager to see who will be the first to arrive in Brighton while taking part in the veteran car rally and their poor female partners having to suffer all the way. Pure enjoyment from start to finish. I know it is an old saying but it is true in this case....... they couldn't make them like this anymore.

44 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite line? penroyaltea
Timing of Tania's cocktail party thh-cook
Colour in Genevieve? mike-h
Product Placement 1953 Philacas
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang jo-heath
Why Pangbourne? avice
Discuss Genevieve (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: