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The Facts of Love (1945)

29 Acacia Avenue (original title)
Approved | | Comedy , Drama | 30 October 1949 (USA)
A group of young people are having a good time, when their parents return home unexpectedly from holiday.


Henry Cass


Denis Constanduros (play), Mabel Constanduros (play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Harker ... Mr. Charles Robinson
Betty Balfour ... Mrs. Robinson
Jimmy Hanley ... Peter Robinson
Carla Lehmann ... Fay Jones
Hubert Gregg ... Michael
Jill Evans Jill Evans ... Joan Robinson
Henry Kendall ... Mr. Wilson
Dinah Sheridan ... Pepper
Megs Jenkins ... Shirley
Noele Gordon Noele Gordon ... Mrs. Wilson
Guy Middleton ... Gerald Jones
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Martin


A middle-aged British couple are scheduled to go off on a holiday cruise in the Mediterranean. The husband, a businessman staunch in his beliefs, settled in his ways, with a dryly humorous approach to life in general, and a Britisher's inbred disdain for foreign travel, decides they will settle for a British seaside holiday. Meanwhile, back in their London suburb, their daughter and her fiancée have grown tired of their long engagement and have decided to 'play marriage.' The parents return to find that some changes have been made in their absence. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A pleasant comedy about a pleasant family
17 June 2013 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

This low key British comedy is actually refreshing in that the middle class suburban Robinson family is not dysfunctional and all of the family members actually like one another. Mr. And Mrs. Robinson are a contented married couple who are about to take a Mediterranean cruise; their motive for doing this is that their bragging neighbors have already taken a couple of such cruises. Their grown son and daughter both decline going as they each have a love interest that they would rather pursue, the son with a sophisticated woman of the world and the daughter with her fiancé. At the last minute, the Robinsons decide that they would really rather vacation in Bognor Regis, a place they had been going to for years. They return home earlier than expected, much to the consternation of their children, especially the daughter who had invited her fiancé to stay at the house. The two underlying themes of sex and class are often very amusingly presented even if by today's standards out dated and quaint. Gordon Harker as Mr. Robinson is a real treat. Betty Balfour as Mrs. Robinson doesn't make much of an impression. Just ten years previously Harker and Balfour appeared together in the really good film 'Squibs', Harker played Balfour's father in that one. Of the British early post war films I've seen, this is the only one that I recall that makes no mention of WWII or of post war hardship. Even so, it represents a nice slice of life of a bygone time.

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