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Genevieve (1953)

 -  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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Wendy McKim
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Rosalind Peters
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Ambrose Claverhouse
Geoffrey Keen ...
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Reginald Beckwith ...
J. C. Callahan
Arthur Wontner ...
Old Gentleman
Joyce Grenfell ...
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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. 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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15 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die feurige Isabella  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being one of Britain's most well-loved films, this was apparently hell to make. Director Henry Cornelius was vetoed on most of his first choices - Dirk Bogarde turned him down, as had Claire Bloom - and he was forced to make it at studios he didn't want to work at. Cornelius' displeasure was acutely felt by cast and crew as he didn't hide how unhappy he was. He was also seemingly highly lecherous. Consequently both Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall carried whistles on them at all times in case they ever found themselves alone with him. Olive Dodds, Rank's head of contract artists, later testified that every leading cast member came to her at one point and said they wanted off the film. See more »

Goofs

When the children drop ice-cream on the street crossing, they attempt to pick it up, but some of it has turned to liquid and then a few moments later, when they get off the road, there is no trace of any ice-cream left on the road. See more »

Quotes

Hotel proprietress: Nobody's ever complained before.
Guest: Are they Americans?
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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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Title theme
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Performed by Larry Adler
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I KNOW THAT LOCATION!!

Everytime I see this film, (I'm 57 now), I smile at the scene where one of the old crocks breaks down in the country on its way to Brighton.I cannot remember whether it was Ambrose' or Alan's vintage car, the point is the location, (in 1953), is near where I used to live, to be precise Batchworth Heath, Northwood , Middlesex on the Rickmansworth Road, opposite the Greene Man pub, White Hill and near Mount Vernon Hospital (where I have had two ops over the years).In the background you can see the arch leading to Moor Park golf club.This gentle English comedy has become a classic since that day and Kay Kendall, (who died of leukemia), is vivid and memorable not to say surprising especially when she lets loose on the trumpet!


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