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It Isn't Done (1937)

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Hubert Blaydon (Cecil Kellaway),a simple Australian farmer inherits a castle and a title in England, and moves his family from the farm to the castle. He also inherits a very stuffy, ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ann Richards ...
Patricia Blaydon (as Shirley Ann Richards)
Frank Harvey ...
Lord Denvee
Peter Ashton
Harvey Adams ...
Campbell Copelin ...
Ronald Dudley
Sylvia Kellaway ...
Veronica Blaydon
Nellie Ferguson ...
Mrs. Blaydon
Douglass Channel ...
Harry Blaydon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilda Dorrington ...
Mrs. Ashton
Frank Dunn ...
Bobbie Hunt ...
Lady Denvee
Harold Meade ...
Lord Addersley
Rita Pauncefort ...
Mrs. Dudley
Leslie Victor ...
Mr. Potter


Hubert Blaydon (Cecil Kellaway),a simple Australian farmer inherits a castle and a title in England, and moves his family from the farm to the castle. He also inherits a very stuffy, prim-and-proper butler who constantly reprimands Blaydon whenever he disobeys aristocratic protocol...which he often does. Written by Les Adams <>

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February 1937 (Australia)  »

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Hilda Dorrington, playing the role of Mrs. Ashton in this 1937 Australian movie 'It isn't Done', is the great grandmother of television star Sean Murray currently appearing as Tim McGee on CBS' #1 rated show, N.C.I.S. Acting definitely runs in this family. See more »


Referenced in Smithereens (1982) See more »

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Winning performance by Kellaway.
24 September 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Cecil Kellaway was living in Australia when he made this very funny little comedy about an Aussie farmer who inherits a British title and moves to England. This was only his second film, but he performs with great assurance. He also wrote the original story. Directed by Ken G. Hall, this film is a sophisticated and witty look at the differences between Australia and England. Although its pace lags a little in the central section, and an over-reliance on rear projection makes it look a little odd, this film is still an enjoyable experience. It was filmed in Australia, mostly in a studio, with backgrounds filmed, on obviously different film stock, in England.

The film is also notable as the debut of Shirley Ann Richards, who would become a big star in Australia and later, as Ann Richards, play some good roles in Hollywood. It also features a brilliant performance by Harvey Adams as a confused English butler who is charmed by the earthiness of his new master.

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