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The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 4 February 1954 (USA)
A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

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Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as Anatole De Grunwald)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Richardson ... Rev. Martin Gregory
Celia Johnson ... Jenny Gregory
Margaret Leighton ... Margaret Gregory
Denholm Elliott ... Michael Gregory
John Gregson ... David Paterson
Hugh Williams ... Richard Wyndham
Margaret Halstan Margaret Halstan ... Aunt Lydia
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Aunt Bridget (as Maureen Delany)
William Hartnell ... C / Sgt. Major
Robert Flemyng ... Major
Roland Culver ... Lord B.
John Barry John Barry ... Clubman
Dandy Nichols ... Neighbour
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A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holly and the Ivy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wynyard Browne's original play opened at London's Duchess Theatre in 1950. Maureen Delaney and Margaret Halstan reprised their stage roles for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Aunt Bridget hands her landlady a photograph of her nephew Michael (Denholm Elliott) from the sideboard, it's a different one. The close up shot of the photo shows him in uniform as opposed to civilian dress on the sideboard. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: This is right. Absolutely right. You're cut out for each other. I can always tell.
David Paterson: Are you psychic or what?
Aunt Lydia: Oh, what a delicious Scottish voice.
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Connections

Version of The Holly and the Ivy (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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A Lost Treasure
17 February 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Until recently I had never heard of this little gem of British holiday sentiment. I heard someone call it the "Christmas movie for people who don't like Christmas movies" and the quest to find it was on.

This is the story of a Christmas in which the emotionally wounded family of a Church of England clergyman come home and attempt to have a happy holiday. What happens is not your typical happy tearjerker, nor is it a Christmas nightmare. Its a reasonably realistic, as much as films of the time could be in 75 minutes, look at a family of emotional cripples as they all try to put their lives back on track. The ending while hopeful is far from certain, so much so that I cursed the fact that it didn't go on another five or six hours, my sole complaint about the film.

A word of warning, don't abandon the film until you get to the end. I wasn't enraptured of the film for almost two thirds of its running time. I was interested in what was happening but I didn't know if I liked it, and then suddenly all of the pieces were in place and it became this charming atypical jewel of a movie.

Forget Its a Wonderful Life, watch this instead, its so much more real.


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