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Quiet Weekend (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 July 1946 (UK)
The ordinary and extraordinary adventures of a British family and their various guests during a weekend in their country cottage : the son and his socialite flirt hated by his adoring ... See full summary »


Harold French


Stephen Black (screenplay), Esther McCracken (play) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Farr ... Denys Royd
Frank Cellier Frank Cellier ... Adrian Barrasford
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Mildred Royd
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Arthur Royd
Barbara White Barbara White ... Miranda Bute
Helen Shingler Helen Shingler ... Rowena Hyde
Edward Rigby ... Sam Pecker
Josephine Wilson Josephine Wilson ... Mary Jarrow
Gwynne Whitby Gwynne Whitby ... Marcia Brent
Ballard Berkeley ... Jim Brent
Judith Furse ... Ella Spender
Pat Field Pat Field ... Sally Spender
Hélène Burls Hélène Burls ... Bella
George Merritt ... Police Sergeant
Christopher Steele Christopher Steele ... Vicar


The ordinary and extraordinary adventures of a British family and their various guests during a weekend in their country cottage : the son and his socialite flirt hated by his adoring cousin, the local magistrate having a salmon poaching night, and so on. Written by BSK

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29 July 1946 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although set in 1946 after World War II, "Austerity" was a code word for life in England until the early 1950s. Shortages in food and clothing and fuel were part of everyday life. This film perfectly captures that era, and it explains why foraging for blackberries and crab apples and catching the salmon were such a big deal. See more »


Denys Royd: I've always regarded you as a model of all the virtues.
Adrian Barrasford: So did I, so did I.
Adrian Barrasford: I, a Justice of the Peace, poached a salmon!
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Remade as Happy Is the Bride (1958) See more »

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Extremely wrong
14 May 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Denys (Derek Farr) brings his girlfriend Rowena (Helen Shingler) to stay with him and his family at their country house. His cousin Miranda (Barbara White) does not approve. Meanwhile, friend and local magistrate Adrian (Frank Cellier) is convinced to take part in a spot of salmon poaching....

This is a British film that has a certain quaintness and charm if you like that sort of thing. It's dialogue driven and quite amusing in parts, especially when Rowena and Miranda are sparring with each other. Unfortunately, the dialogue is delivered in that awful upper-class British accent, eg, "happening" becomes "heppening", and "actually" becomes "ectually". No-one normal speaks like that. Another irritation is the constant barking of orders and dishing out of instructions by Mildred (Marjorie Fielding). God that woman is annoying! There are a few lightweight comedic episodes, eg, the concert at the local village hall and the salmon-poaching incident but the main thing that sticks with me is the love between Miranda and Denys. They are cousins. Derek Farr is a complete non-entity as a leading man and the love theme that is explored in this film is just wrong!

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