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The Promoter (1952)

The Card (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 14 August 1952 (Sweden)
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Arnold Bennett (novel), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin
Glynis Johns ... Ruth Earp
Valerie Hobson ... Countess of Chell
Petula Clark ... Nellie Cotterill
Edward Chapman ... Herbert Duncalf
Veronica Turleigh Veronica Turleigh ... Mrs. Machin
George Devine George Devine ... Mr. H. Calvert
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Codleyn
Frank Pettingell ... Police Superintendent
Gibb McLaughlin ... Emery
Joey the Mule Joey the Mule ... Joey the Mule
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A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Lock Up Your Dollars and Doughnuts...here's that man again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Promoter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bursley, the town where this movie takes place, is a fictionalized version of Burslem, one of the constituent towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, also known as the "Potteries" or, as in the movie, "the city of five towns". See more »

Goofs

Editing: In the parade at the end of the film, the star footballer signed by Machin (who doesn't yet appear in the cast credits) winks at the grandees during the march past in long shot, followed seconds later by the close-up of the same action. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Duncalf: Our leading citizen! What great cause has he ever been identified with?
Countess of Chell: I think I can tell you that, Mr Duncalf. It's quite simple. He's been identified with the great cause of cheering us all up!
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Colonel Bogey
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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A classic British comedy; one the very best.
26 April 2002 | by bruce-138See all my reviews

A classic Alec Guinness, as the young man from the lower class who wants to move up in the world, and does, because he has the courage to go for it. In one scene his boss tells him off (not an exact quote), "So, you fancy yourself being with your betters, do you?" The cheeky reply is "Yes, don't you?"

The best line is when his assistant brings him a pile of money collected from his latest enterprise, and comments that it seems a lot of money for doing nothing. The response is: "But I did do something; I thought of it."

This is a funny, thoughtful, social commentary, with a great look at both the lower and upper classes.


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