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Stop Press Girl (1949)

An attractive young girl has the power to stop all kinds of machinery.


Michael Barry


T.J. Morrison (screenplay), T.J. Morrison (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Ann Howes ... Jennifer Peters
Gordon Jackson ... Jock Melville
Basil Radford ... The Mechanical Type
Naunton Wayne ... The Mechanical Type
James Robertson Justice ... Arthur Peters
Sonia Holm ... Angela Carew
Nigel Buchanan Nigel Buchanan ... Roy Fairfax
Joyce Barbour Joyce Barbour ... Aunt Mab
Campbell Cotts Campbell Cotts ... John Fairfax
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Johnnie
Julia Lang Julia Lang ... Carole Saunders
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Editor, Evening Comet
Oliver Burt Oliver Burt ... Editor, Morning Sun
Kenneth More ... Police Sgt. 'Bonzo'
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Radio Commentator


An attractive young girl has the power to stop all kinds of machinery.

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Comedy | Fantasy


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Made using Rank's "Independent Frame" production system. The system proved a costly flop. See more »


Angela Carew: Roy, you haven't told me yet why you broke-up your engagement.
Roy Fairfax: Oh, I don't know. I just knew that things wouldn't work.
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Planes, Train And Automobiles
9 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sally Ann Howes is a pretty but ordinary girl, reared by her aunt and uncle, Joyce Barbour and John Robertson Justice. What she doesn't know is in the presence of every woman in her family, mechanical machinery stops: trains, planes, automobiles, newspaper presses, it doesn't matter. When her prospective fiance, Nigel Buchanan is informed of this, he runs back to his family clockmaking business in London, and Miss Howes follows, meets Gordon Jackson, and eventually becomes a celebrity.

It's a romantic comedy with a fantasy air, a type of story that became moderately popular in print after the Second World War, with writers like Ward Moore and Jack Finney dabbling in it. The subtext was almost invariably about the fragility of modern civilization and a nostalgic hankering for older, simpler times.

19-year-old Miss Howes is quite lovely. It would turn out that she was also quite talented for musical comedy, in the mode of her father, Bobby Howes. She would replace Julie Andrews on Broadway in MY FAIR LADY, and star on Broadway for several decades. Although her film career dribbled away after CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG with the end of the movie musical, she is still around and, in her 90th year, quite lovely.

Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne are also present in the movie, not playing Charters & Caldicott, but "the mechanicals", a pair of men always present when she stops a bus, as the motorman and conductor, or a train as the engineer and stoker. They look old and worn.

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Release Date:

1 June 1949 (UK) See more »

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Aquila Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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