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The Final Test (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 5 January 1954 (USA)
Sam Palmer is a cricket player who is playing the last Test match of his career. His schoolboy son, Reggie, is a budding poet who disappoints Sam by not attending the penultimate day's play... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writer:

Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Sam Palmer
Robert Morley ... Alexander Whitehead
George Relph George Relph ... Syd Thompson
Adrianne Allen ... Aunt Ethel
Ray Jackson ... Reggie Palmer
Brenda Bruce ... Cora
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Senator
Joan Swinstead Joan Swinstead ... Miss Fanshawe
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Mr. Willis
Len Hutton Len Hutton ... Himself - England Cricketer
Denis Compton Denis Compton ... Himself - England Cricketer
Alec Bedser Alec Bedser ... Himself - England Cricketer
Godfrey Evans Godfrey Evans ... Himself - England Cricketer
Jim Laker Jim Laker ... Himself - England Cricketer
Cyril Washbrook Cyril Washbrook ... Himself - England Cricketer
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Storyline

Sam Palmer is a cricket player who is playing the last Test match of his career. His schoolboy son, Reggie, is a budding poet who disappoints Sam by not attending the penultimate day's play. Then Reggie is suddenly invited to the home of poet and writer Alexander Whitehead. Reggie fears he will also miss the final day - and therefore Sam's last innings - but it turns out that Alexander is a cricket fan. Written by Brian Henke <Cincy43235@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Robert Morley dashes in to watch the TV, the shadow of the mike can be seen on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Palmer: I'm afraid I don't awfully like cricket.
Alexander Whitehead: Don't you really? I have heard of such people.
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Connections

Remake of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Final Test (1951) See more »

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Enjoyable, gentle comedy
17 April 2014 | by tlloydesqSee all my reviews

Sam Palmer (Jack Warner) is playing his last test for England's cricket team and his form has been below average recently. Then, as now, the Aussies are pouring on the agony for England and Sam desperately wants to sign off on a high note.

This is a gentle comedy with a touch of drama. If you want to see how comedy works (and you understand cricket) watch the first 5 minutes. Senator Stanley Maxted arrives in England and makes his way to the Oval where he poses a few questions to deadpan Richard Wattis. The questions are standard cricketing enquiries (you mean they play for 5 days and it might still be a draw?) which could be cheesy but the delivery and Wattis' "matter of fact" responses make you laugh.

Sam's cricketing prowess does not extend to his son who is more interested in poetry and this forms the backbone of the movie – does the son care enough about dad to watch his final innings? At the same time, does dad care enough about his son to appreciate his interests.

Sam not only gives the umpire a lift to the ground but entertains him for dinner the night before (they wouldn't allow it these days you know). Sam also pops down to the local for a drink around closing time during the middle of the game - but he only drinks lemonade so that's alright then. Robert Morley (wearing a rather fetching jump suit) spices up the last third of the film as a vain, muddled poet.


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