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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nosso Natal em Família See more »

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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: And what do you do?
David Paterson: I'm an engineer.
Aunt Lydia: Oh, I'm afraid that means nothing to me. I always think that engineering's a little inhuman somehow. It's people that count. After all, it isn't petro and oil that make the world go round, is it?
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The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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A refreshing change of pace at Christmas...
24 December 2003 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

This movie is a little gem for the most part. And a welcome change from the usual Christmas fare. The only fault is with the ending which appears rushed and we are left to grieve the characters a little. Rather like a dessert that gets whisked away before one is quite finished. Unsatisfied. It tells the story of a widowed parson and the family members who come home for the holidays to a quaint old village. Father, played wonderfully by Ralph Richardson, has always been shielded from the facts of life by his three - now adult - children. For the era in which it was made (1952)the secrets one of the three carries is quite a shocker. A flaw is that Celia Johnson, an actress I enjoy, is far too old in this to play a thirty one year old. Margaret Leighton's brittle charm is never more appealing than here. However, the two aunts steal every scene in which they appear, two wonderful stage actresses, Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delaney. A great script, a little stagey, and ending far too swiftly, I gave it a 7 out of 10.


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