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Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953)

A television given as a retirement present is sold on to different households, causing misery each time.

Director:

Anthony Pelissier

Writers:

Arnold Ridley (play), Monja Danischewsky (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Mr. Hollingsworth / Mr. Lucifer
Peggy Cummins ... Kitty
Jack Watling ... Jim
Barbara Murray ... Patricia
Joseph Tomelty ... Mr. Pedelty
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Arthur
Gordon Jackson ... Hector
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Macdonald
Kay Kendall ... Lonely Hearts Singer
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. Elder
Olive Sloane ... Mrs. Stannard
Ernest Thesiger ... Mr. Macdonald
Olga Gwynne Olga Gwynne ... Principal Boy
Joan Sims ... Fairy Queen
Ian Carmichael ... Man Friday in pantomine
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A television given as a retirement present is sold on to different households, causing misery each time.

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A Devil-May-Care Joker From Ealing Studios

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1953 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A close-up of an envelope shows the address where most of the action takes place to be Shepherds Bush. This was the London suburb where the BBC had its television studios. See more »

Quotes

Sam Hollingsworth: Television! It's an instrument of the Devil!
Mr. Lucifer: You were saying?
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Connections

Featured in Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies: Killer Jokes (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

My Picture on the Wall
(Don't Be Lonely) (uncredited)
Written by Eric Rogers
Performed by Kay Kendall (dubbed)
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Ealing Misfire
30 April 2012 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film ,made in 1953,is largely forgotten.It is a misfiring satire.At the time this film was released TV was about to make a substantial impact on cinema audiences as a result of the Coronation.By 1960 cinema audiences had dropped by two thirds from their post war high and thousands of cinemas were closing.Also,just 3 years after this film was made Ealing studios themselves were closed and purchased by the BBC.Also those music halls that had managed to struggle on finally closed their doors in the late 50s.So i am afraid that Michael Balcon was just spitting in the wind by trying to tell people that television was a bad influence.The film is quite entertaining ,particularly Gordon Jackson playing very much against type.


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