Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle ... See full summary »
Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the ... See full summary »
John Paddy Carstairs
An omnibus featuring three Noel Coward tales, long on Coward humor which is to say very little at all, with the first, " The Red Peppers", featuring Kay Walsh, Ted Ray, Martita Hunt, Frank ... See full summary »
When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »
A family of Polish refugees tries to survive in post-World War I Germany. For a while it seems that they are making it, but soon the economic and political deterioration in the country begins to take their toll.
When a sickly Victorian woman dies suddenly, a postmortem reveals that her body contains a fatal dose of arsenic. Suspicion falls on her husband and her companion, who are lovers. Inspector... See full summary »
"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr Falke. Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss, this Viennese romp is sure to please. Disguises, tricks and every kind of ... See full summary »
Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle Willie buy a bicycle shop in order to impress Virginia van Stuyden, an American heiress in love with Frank. This pleases Uncle Willie's young nephew, Charles, (who also serves as a commentator throughout the film.) Complications arise when stuffy lord, Sir George Probus, at whose home Virginia is staying, becomes stuffy-Brit shocked when she attends a carnival. Virginia is also irked because Frank isn't more manly. They nearly all turn up at a convalescent home, where Uncle Willie brings the young lovers together, and announces that milk will be his only beverage-of-choice in the future. Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
10 years after making this movie the little red haired boy, played by Peter Asher, would knock The Beatles out of number 1 as half of Peter and Gordon, doing Paul McCartney's song "world Without Love". Paul was dating Peter's sister Jane Asher. See more »
For anyone who is wondering, this movie is an attractively photographed film in still-crisp colour ("by Technicolor") that can be summed up as England's answer to "Life with Father".
That is to say, stuffy-character actor Cecil Parker plays the lovably opinionated, semi-tyrannical head of a household. He has only one child, a son, but has also to deal with his extended family's black sheep Uncle Willie, played by Donald Wolfit (who steals the picture, such as it is).
The film (set in 1902) benefits from lavish production detail, period costumes and sets, but suffers from the "fourth wall" breaking narration of 10 year old Peter Asher (fashion model and actress Jane Asher's brother). He isn't especially engaging as a performer, sad to say.
Episodic and not very funny, but also short enough to be possibly worth a look on a rainy weekend at home.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?