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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.


Victor Saville




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 ... Vicar's Wife
Arnold Riches Arnold Riches ... Hilary


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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ARE YOU TIRED OF IT ALL? Would you like to chuck everything and take to the open road where there's no dull routine? That's just what the characters do in THE GOOD COMPANIONS (Print Ad- Olean Times-Herald, ((Olean, NY)) 13 September 1933) See more »


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The final shots feature rare archive footage of the R.M.S. Empress of Britain leaving Southampton for Quebec. Launched in 1930 to promote transatlantic routes to Canada, rather than New York City, she was sunk by submarine U-32 on October 10, 1940 off the east coast of Ireland. At 42,348 gross tons, she was the largest liner sunk during World War II, and the largest ship ever sunk by a U-boat. Due to earlier attacks, she was under tow with only a skeleton crew, and there were no casualties. See more »


Remade as The Good Companions (1957) See more »


Three Wishes
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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Release Date:

19 August 1933 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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