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The Good Companions (1933)

Musical taken from J.B. Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.

Director:

Victor Saville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Matthews ... Susie Dean
Edmund Gwenn ... Jess Oakroyd
John Gielgud ... Inigo Jollifant
Mary Glynne ... Miss Elizabeth Trant
Percy Parsons Percy Parsons ... Morton Mitcham
A.W. Baskcomb ... Jimmy Nunn
Florence Gregson Florence Gregson ... Mrs. Oakroyd
Frank Pettingell ... Sam Oglethorpe
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Mr. James Tarvin (as Laurence Hanray)
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Mrs. James Tarvin
George Zucco ... Fauntley
Harold Meade Harold Meade ... Solicitor
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Vicar
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Vicar's Wife
Arnold Riches Arnold Riches ... Hilary
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Musical taken from J.B. Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1935 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravana Errante See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Max Miller (Millbrau). Although he had been a major star of music-hall variety since the mid 1920s, his material was judged too blue for broadcast, and his machine-gun delivery unsuited to early sound. See more »

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Featured in Heroes of Comedy: Max Miller (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Wishes
(uncredited)
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Sung by Jessie Matthews
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Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn, Mary Glynne
18 October 2013 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Story of disparate characters who "run away" from their unhappy lives and who by chance all meet up with a broke and stranded troupe of musical entertainers. They band together, the show goes on, and they all find what they were looking for.

At 112 minutes, it seems longer than most British "musicals" of the time but the story stretches out at a leisurely pace to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

Chief among the delights here are Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Glynne. Matthews plays Susie Dean (star of tomorrow ... or the day after) and although she is not the solo star, this ranks among her best performances. Gielgud and Gwenn are terrific (and never looked younger) as the music teacher and laid-off worker, and Glynne shines as the wallflower who blossoms in the group of good companions.

Also in cast Finlay Currie, A.K. Baskcomb, and a very young Jack Hawkins as Albert. Directed by Victor Saville.

The climactic benefit show that features Matthews amid the turmoil is a terrific sequence, and its conclusion and follow-up scene are just plain wonderful.


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