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Genevieve (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 February 1954 (USA)
It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Cornelius

Writer:

William Rose (story and screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dinah Sheridan ... Wendy McKim
John Gregson ... Alan McKim
Kay Kendall ... Rosalind Peters
Kenneth More ... Ambrose Claverhouse
Geoffrey Keen ... Policeman
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... J.C. Callahan
Arthur Wontner ... Old Gentleman
Joyce Grenfell ... Hotel Proprietress
Leslie Mitchell Leslie Mitchell ... Himself - Newsreel Commentator
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Storyline

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. Along the way, some old jealousies are kindled to the point where the two men decide to have a "friendly" wager on who will be the first back to London. Once the competitive juices get all fired up, however, it quickly becomes a nasty, hotly-contested affair. Ambrose's companion must suffer through her "maiden voyage" on the rally, while Mrs. McKim, on the other hand, is a long-time sufferer of her husband's obsession. Written by Albert Jingle

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Taglines:

It ought to be illegal to let "Genevieve" on the streets!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die feurige Isabella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sirius Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Adler's name was removed on prints released in the US due to his blacklisting following the House Un-American Activities Committee's hearings into supposed Communist infiltration in Hollywood. When the film was nominated for a Best Score Oscar, musical director Muir Mathieson received the nomination credit. This was eventually corrected by AMPAS. See more »

Goofs

Wendy's Party invitation at beginning of the film dated September, however the London to Brighton has always been November. See more »

Quotes

Wendy McKim: Proper lunch or proper dinner?
Alan McKim: Proper dinner.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits: For their patient co-operation the makers of this film express their thanks to The Officers and Members of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. Any resemblance between the deportment of our characters and any club members is emphatically denied - - - by the club. See more »

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Featured in Joyce Grenfell 1910-1979 (1980) See more »

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A very special film
28 February 2004 | by jh-33See all my reviews

"Genevieve" is a very unique film, with a rare quality that I have found in only a few films and books - there's something about it that is very appealing, and yet impossible to define. It is similar to the Ealing comedies, which isn't surprising, as Henry Cornelius directed "Passport to Pimlico" at the Ealing studios before leaving to become an independent filmmaker. I like it better than the Ealing films, though. It's so gentle and enjoyable - the ideal film to watch when home in bed with a cold!

I can't imagine anyone not liking this one. I smile whenever I think of it. It's a gem.

Enjoy!


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