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Genevieve (1953)

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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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Ambrose's quotation "From the East to western Ind / No jewel is like Rosalind" is taken from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. See more »


The amount of ice cream between shots during the scene when Alan and Ambrose almost pulled off their bet changes. See more »


Ambrose Claverhouse: Well, frankly children, this is beyond me!
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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 »


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Performed by Larry Adler
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a totally wonderful film
9 September 1999 | by (Peoria, IL) – See all my reviews

One of my favorites of all time. A fresh, whimsical, gentle and wonderful comedy. Every time I think of it I smile and long to be in a roadster in England of the early 50's. Contains one of the greatest - if not the greatest - transition scenes in all movies. Watch for it near the beginning, when suddenly you hear a voice over saying "not that long ago what you are about to see would be illegal." Absolutely brilliant.

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