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One Wild Oat (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 15 February 1952 (Australia)
A barrister attempts to discourage his daughter's infatuation for a philanderer, by revealing his past. The plan backfires when the daughter's would-be father-in-law threatens to reveal the barrister's shady background.


Charles Saunders


Vernon Sylvaine (play), Vernon Sylvaine (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robertson Hare Robertson Hare ... Humphrey Proudfoot
Stanley Holloway ... Alfred Gilbey
Vera Pearce Vera Pearce ... Mrs. Gilbey
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Fred Gilbey
Irene Handl ... Emily Pepys (Audrey)
June Sylvaine June Sylvaine ... Cherrie Proudfoot
Sam Costa Sam Costa ... Mr. Pepys
Robert Moreton Robert Moreton ... Throstle
Constance Lorne Constance Lorne ... Mrs. Proudfoot
Charles Groves Charles Groves ... Charles
Fred Berger Fred Berger ... Samson
William Fox William Fox ... Porter
Ingeborg von Kusserow Ingeborg von Kusserow ... Gloria Samson (as Ingeborg Wells)
Gwen Cherrell Gwen Cherrell ... Audrey Cuttle
Joan Rice ... Annie (Maid)


A barrister attempts to discourage his daughter's infatuation for a philanderer, by revealing his past. The plan backfires when the daughter's would-be father-in-law threatens to reveal the barrister's shady background.

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15 February 1952 (Australia) See more »

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Coronet Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to some biographies of Audrey Hepburn, her role in this film was originally much larger (one book indicated that her character was the "wild oat" of the title), but jittery censors forced most of her part to be cut. See more »


Alfred Gilbey: I don't know what's the matter with Charlie. I do hope he hasn't been taking my Benzedrine.
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Remade as Six with Rix: One Wild Oat (1972) See more »


It Must Be You
Music and Lyrics by Colin Campbell
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Not enough oats
6 January 2011 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film should have been funny, but Stanley Holloway overacts and shouts his way into the very depths of unfunniness. The film is an abysmal failure. The director Charles Saunders entirely failed to keep Holloway under control, so the result was disastrous. The film was so bad that I did not watch all of it, so I missed Audrey Hepburn, aged 21, as a hotel receptionist. (Or did I simply not spot her?) It was only her second appearance on screen, and Hepburn fans will doubtless want to see this for that reason, if they can bear it. Irene Handl also appears, and despite her being such a favourite, it is not enough to make one sit through this film. Robertson Hare is not particularly impressive, but instead is tedious and irritating. Stanley Holloway and Audrey Hepburn later appeared together in MY FAIR LADY. Let's hope he was funnier in real life than he is in this film. When will directors ever learn that over-the-top performers need to be tightly controlled? The title of this film is certainly amusing, which is why I got the DVD. Instead of lots of oats, there is only one oat. But upon reflection I have realized that no one under 30 appears to be familiar with the expression 'sowing one's wild oats' anymore, or has the slightest comprehension of what it could mean. After all, they have all grown up smothered in wild oats, and some of them have even sowed their first by the age of ten. It's called social decadence.

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