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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 »


Anthony Asquith


Terence Rattigan (by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)




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 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 ... Self - England Cricketer
Denis Compton Denis Compton ... Self - England Cricketer
Alec Bedser Alec Bedser ... Self - England Cricketer
Godfrey Evans Godfrey Evans ... Self - England Cricketer
Jim Laker Jim Laker ... Self - England Cricketer
Cyril Washbrook Cyril Washbrook ... Self - England Cricketer


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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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


At the end of the first day of England's innings it is said that they scored 320. The next day on the radio, John Arlott says 283. See more »


Senator: Ought to be a exciting day?
Cricket Fan in the Stand.: I hope not. All I want is to see the boys piling up the runs quietly and not getting out. Don't want any excitement, thanks
Senator: Pardon me sir, but as a stranger in these parts, may I ask a question?
Cricket Fan in the Stand.: Go ahead.
Senator: This, I gather, is the fourth day of this particular game. I also gather that during the past few weeks, there have been four other games, each of five days, between these same teams.
Cricket Fan in the Stand.: Correct.
Senator: I also gather that this particular game cannot possible decide anything, ...
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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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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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