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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 »

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Wendy McKim
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Alan McKim
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Rosalind Peters
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Ambrose Claverhouse
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Policeman
Reginald Beckwith ...
J.C. Callahan
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Joyce Grenfell ...
Hotel Proprietress
Leslie Mitchell ...
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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)  »

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Die feurige Isabella  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Claire Bloom was first choice for the role of Wendy but was unavailable. 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 »

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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.
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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 »

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

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23 February 2007 | by (A loungeroom in Melbourne) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films I can just watch time and time again, as indeed we did this evening. It must be 25 years since I first saw Genevieve as an kid; I daren't guess how many times I've seen it since. But every time it still works its magic.

It's a comedy, but a gentle one - there's a few real belly laughs to be had, but mostly I'm left with a beatific smile of pure pleasure throughout. The one exception is the scene where dear old Arthur Wontner stops the McKims to admire Genevieve at a crucial point in proceedings; that scene has me welling up with tears every time.

The script from William Rose is perfectly judged and paced, and there's enough detail in there to reward multiple viewings. It's quite risqué for 1953, but done in a splendidly subtle way that can only be described as a forgotten art. And as usual, I shall be whistling Larry Adler's magnificent score for days after viewing.

I laughed, I cried, I loved the old cars. What more could you ask from a movie? Quite possibly the closest thing to perfection you're likely to see in a movie - and it didn't need special CGI effects and a cast of thousands, just four extremely talented actors, a few old cars and the glorious post-war English countryside.

11 out of 10. No, 12! 13!


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