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Fools Rush In (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 23 May 1949 (UK)
Howes plays Pamela Dickson, an impulsive young bride-to-be, while Guy Rolfe portrays her long-lost father Paul. Ostensibly a cad and bounder, Paul turns out to be just the opposite when he arrives for Pamela's wedding.


Kenneth Horne (from the play by), Geoffrey Kerr (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Sally Ann Howes ... Pamela Dickson
Nora Swinburne ... Angela Dickson
Guy Rolfe ... Paul Dickson
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Sir Charles Leigh
Nigel Buchanan Nigel Buchanan ... Joe Trent
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... Millicent
Nora Nicholson ... Mrs. Mandrake
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Coot
Peter Hammond ... Tommy
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. Atkins
Esma Cannon ... Mrs. Atkins
Guy Verney Guy Verney ... Clergyman
Jonathan Field Jonathan Field ... Organist


Howes plays Pamela Dickson, an impulsive young bride-to-be, while Guy Rolfe portrays her long-lost father Paul. Ostensibly a cad and bounder, Paul turns out to be just the opposite when he arrives for Pamela's wedding.

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Release Date:

23 May 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Csak a bolondok sietik el See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pinewood Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the film refers to a line ('For fools rush in where in angels fear to tread') in Part III of Alexander Pope's poem "An Essay on Criticism", first published in 1711. See more »


Pamela Dickson: Why did you marry him if she out knew from the start that it'd be nothing but beer and women?
Mrs. Coot: Hampstead Heath on a bank holiday I suppose.
Pamela Dickson: You were infatuated!
Mrs. Coot: I was no such thing. I might have had one or two, but not enough to make me as careless as all that!
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A forgotten treasure.
13 January 2008 | by emivanSee all my reviews

A young bride-to-be changes her mind on her wedding day and causes mayhem and confusion…

The story centers around young bride-to-be Pamela Dickson (Sally Ann Howes) who is getting married to Joe Trent (Nigel Buchanan) with whom she is very much in love, but as time draws near for the ceremony to take place, Pamela is starting to get second thoughts and questions whether she is doing the right thing as her convictions dictate that marriage should be a lasting, 'till death do us Part' union. When her mother, Angela Dickson (Nora Swinburne) who has divorced her father and is now engaged to the pompous Sir Charles Leigh (Raymond Lovell) tells her that the reason for her divorce was because of her father's unfaithfulness, she gets even more confused and it convinces her all the more that she should not be getting married until she has all the right answers.

Further complications arise when her long-lost estranged father Paul Dickson (Guy Rolfe) whom she has not seen again since she was a small child comes knocking at their door to attend her wedding. Sir Charles is not at all amused by his presence and resents him being there, however Pamela is delighted; she discovers that he is opposite to the rogue that her mother made him out to be and putting her own marriage on hold, she decides to try and reconcile her father and mother.

This light-hearted romantic comedy film is a forgotten treasure; anyone who has experienced the excitement of a wedding in their family will be able to relate to some of the realistic incidents taking place. The very cleverly written storyline by screenwriter Geoffrey Kerr, who adapted the script from a play by Kenneth Horne, has so many lines of witty dialog that it begs for repeated viewing to be fully appreciated. A solid performance is given by all the cast with excellent direction and photography. The numerous comical situations and chaotic moments give this film a pleasurable viewing experience and will keep you amused from beginning to end.

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