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On the Twelfth Day... (1955)

| Short, Comedy, Music
A proper Edwardian lady patiently endures the ever-increasing disruption to her quiet household when her Truelove gives her all the items from the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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David O'Brien ...
Truelove (dance and mime)
Wendy Toye ...
Miss Tilly (mime)
Franklyn Bennett ...
The Butler (mime) (as Franklin Bennett)
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A proper Edwardian lady patiently endures the ever-increasing disruption to her quiet household when her Truelove gives her all the items from the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

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ON THE TWELFTH DAY… {Short} (Wendy Toye, 1955) **1/2
28 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I had been very impressed with the same director's THE STRANGER LEFT NO CARD (1952), a Cannes Film Festival award-winning two-reeler; in comparison, this Oscar-nominated British effort is a disappointment but, take on its own terms, it is decent enough. As the title suggests, this is inspired by the Yuletide ditty "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" – where a man showers his beloved with gifts for the duration of the mentioned period; the male protagonist (David O'Brien) here takes the verses literally and, soon enough, the heroine's mansion is filled to the brim with all sorts of presents…including a variety of animals and even people (so much so that the couple eventually takes off in a balloon)! Shot in colour and given the period setting (vividly rendered by designer Ronald Searle), the end result is quite pleasant on the eyes; still, the deliberately stylized treatment (recalling Powell & Pressburger's recently-viewed and equally average OH…ROSALINDA!! {1955}) ultimately proves incredibly corny – which renders the whole decidedly less palatable to this viewer! Incidentally, director Toye herself assumes the female leading role – and, for what it is worth, the only copy around is missing a bit of footage between the tenth and eleventh home visits!


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