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Richard M. Grey
Originally, apparently this was a stage play, unfortunately not the same principals were cast in this film version. I think during the run of a successful play, the cast both individually and as a ensemble develop the characters and their performances for best effect. The supporting cast, the well knowns and not so well knowns are fine, Ronald Howard indeed was something of a star. The problem was the lack of believability and suitability of the two principals.
At the time of filming Raymond Huntley was 49, Barbara Kelly 29. Huntley seems old in manner for his years and plays his accustomed stuffy authority figure (usually senior solicitor, civil servant etc). There is no hint of his being interested in younger women, or reasons why they should be in him. He was not an actor who could make the situation believable - or amusing. Barbara Kelly as his wife plays a steam-rollering foil to his stuffiness, bursting his pomposity and narrow-mindedness in front of the children and their newly acquired RAF boyfriends. The film closes with laughter from all - which neither what had preceded it justified, nor the prospects for the mis-matched marriage.
*watched on "Talking Pictures" Freeview Channel 81 new (since Sept 2015) UK 24 hour old film only TV channel
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