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The Butler's Dilemma (1943)

 -  Comedy  -  29 November 1943 (UK)
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Learning that her uncle and aunt have died, a grief-stricken Romy agrees to travel to England with Fog and his party. Meanwhile, since Hong Kong is the last outpost of the British Empire ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Leo Carrington
Judy Kelly ...
Ann Carrington
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Aunt Sophie
Henry Kendall ...
Carmichael
Wally Patch ...
Tom
Ronald Shiner ...
Ernie
André Randall ...
Vitello
Ralph Truman ...
Bishop
Ian Fleming ...
Sir Hubert Playfair
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Pumb
Richard Hearne ...
Rodney Playfair
Alf Goddard ...
Policeman
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Learning that her uncle and aunt have died, a grief-stricken Romy agrees to travel to England with Fog and his party. Meanwhile, since Hong Kong is the last outpost of the British Empire Fog will pass through before returning to England, Dix is determined to detain him as long as possible and tries to enlist Rigodon's help to do so. Then, to complicate matters, Transfer diguises himself as Dix. Written by Anonymous

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My Romance
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Music by Adrian Foley
Lyrics by Roma Campbell Hunter
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Mr Pastry on top again!
21 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm surprised that no-one has yet reviewed this title for IMDb. It stars the extremely popular acrobatic comedian, Richard Hearne (take no notice of the rather odd cast placings listed by IMDb), who scored a bit hit on TV with "Mr. Pastry". And better still, it's available in an excellent print -- or at least it WAS available -- on a VintageFilmBuff DVD. Hearne does some marvelous tumbles in this one (right in front of the camera too) and he is supported, not only by a clever script but a really first-rate support cast headed by the lovely Judy Kelly and delightfully waspish Hermione Gingold. Although he disappears for most of the Third Art (his running is taken by spic and span Ian Fleming at his Doctor Watsonish best), Francis L. Sullivan has a grand time in a role that was originally designed for Charles Laughton. In fact, it is Sullivan -- not Hearne -- who has the actual curtain line, "By all means!" True, the words themselves are not particularly funny, but the highly amusing way Sullivan puts them across must rank as one of his choicest moments in the cinema. Finally, I cannot go without commending the inspired comedy team of Wally Patch and Ronald Shiner who put a lot of fun into the Third Act. Briskly directed throughout by Leslie Hiscott, "The Butler's Dilemma" never fails to entertain from its trick opening through to Francis L. Sullivan's cut and polished curtain.


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