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Small Hotel (1957)

 -  Comedy  -  October 1957 (UK)
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The crafty and experienced waiter Albert keeps things running smoothly at the Jolly Fiddler Hotel, and he is the only one who can placate the crabby justice of the peace who is a permanent ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Gordon Harker ...
Albert
Marie Lohr ...
Mrs. Samson-Fox
John Loder ...
Mr. Finch
Irene Handl ...
Mrs. Gammon
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Effie
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Caroline Mallet
Ruth Trouncer ...
Sheila
Francis Matthews ...
Alan Pryor
Frederick Schiller ...
Foreigner
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Roland
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Dorothy Bromiley
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The crafty and experienced waiter Albert keeps things running smoothly at the Jolly Fiddler Hotel, and he is the only one who can placate the crabby justice of the peace who is a permanent resident there. But Mr. Finch, a representative from the chain that owns the hotel, thinks that Albert is too old and should be fired. When Finch visits the hotel, his ideas and his manner quickly antagonize the staff and guests, setting off a lengthy battle of wills. Written by Snow Leopard

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Good Light Comedy
3 July 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With a pretty good cast, a good assortment of characters, and an amusing story, this light comedy works quite well. Gordon Harker, a good character actor, gets the chance to be in the leading role as the scheming waiter Albert. Janet Munro is energetic and sympathetic as a young waitress, and Marie Lohr is mostly believable as a bad-tempered justice of the peace. They get help from a supporting cast that includes John Loder and a young Billie Whitelaw. There are no big laughs, but a fair number of smiles, and a story that moves quickly and easily holds your interest.

The story starts when Loder, as a representative of the chain that owns the hotel where Harker and Munro work, decides to meddle with their way of doing things. Soon there is a rather involved battle of wills and wits among all of the characters. There might not be much depth to any of it, but it is entertaining, and unlike a lot of similar films, they don't push things farther than the premise justifies. You won't see too many B-comedies better than this, and it is definitely recommended if you enjoy low-budget comedies from the 40's and 50's.


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