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The Mysterious Mr. Davis (1939)

A man, down on his luck, invents a business partner and build an aura around him that leads to opportunities and complications in equal measure.

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Cecil Madden (scenario), Major Mead (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Henry Kendall ... Julian Roscoe
Kathleen Kelly Kathleen Kelly ... Audrey Roscoe
Richard Gofe Richard Gofe ... Teddy Roscoe
Alastair Sim ... The Lunatic
Morris Harvey Morris Harvey ... Goldenburg
Jeanne Stuart Jeanne Stuart ... Anita Goldenburg (as Jeane Stuart)
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Lord Avonmouth (as Bromley Davenport)
Guy Middleton ... Milton
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... The Landlord
Ben Field Ben Field ... Decorator
Fred Duprez Fred Duprez ... Wilcox
Alfred Wellesley Alfred Wellesley ... Pawnbroker
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A man, down on his luck, invents a business partner and build an aura around him that leads to opportunities and complications in equal measure.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

My Partner Mr. Davis See more »

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Oxford Films See more »
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Mono (recorded on) (R.C.A.)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was completed in 1936 and trade shown in December of that year, but not publicly released until 1939. See more »

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Worth watching? Best check with Mr Davis.
24 October 2015 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

The lead, Henry Kendal, described in IMDb as an "immaculately stylish revue artiste" at first appears rather miscast as an unemployed family man whose finances are so desperate that the gas to their small drab rented flat has just been cut off and landlord pressing for the unpaid rent. However as the ingenious, amusing, almost plausible plot unfolds and pace increases, the wisdom of the casting becomes clear. Alastair Sim, in his 24th film since his first just 4 years earlier, plays a lunatic. A young Guy Middleton plays a meaner version of the character he went on to make his own.

This is a film version of a book and it shares, with film versions of stage plays, a well-sorted story. I think it would make a good am-dram stage play.

Rating? Check with Davis - he says 7

I watched today on TALKING PICTURES TV UK Freeview Ch81


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