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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.

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Kitty
Jack Watling ...
Jim
Barbara Murray ...
Patricia
Joseph Tomelty ...
Mr. Pedelty
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Arthur
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Hector
Jean Cadell ...
Mrs. Macdonald
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Lonely Hearts Singer
Charles Victor ...
Mr. Elder
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Mrs. Stannard
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Mr. Macdonald
Olga Gwynne ...
Principal Boy
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Fairy Queen
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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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30 November 1953 (UK)  »

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(Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

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Final film (as director) of Anthony Pelissier. See more »

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Sam Hollingsworth: Looks like a broken marriage on the way...
Mr. Lucifer: Dear TV - so much more effective than the old-fashioned lodger.
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Connections

References Bwana Devil (1952) 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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Surprisingly good
25 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Just seen it again after many years, and what now impresses me is a a surprisingly good and sharp script. The script's critique of the negative effects of TV addiction is excellent and prescient for its day, considering how early this film was made into the march of TV (1953) which would eventually supplant film as the medium for our diet of social media.

Incidentally, my parents had a set for the 1953 British Coronation, amongst the first in their neighbourhood and thus became that day a focal point for all those who did not yet have a TV.

The Miss Lonelyhearts segment would work today in the way it could manipulate all those Mr. Lonelyhearts out there. Kay Kendall was never so alluring.

Having said that, TV is today as important to me as it is to anyone else, at least where news and documentaries are concerned. There are, probably, some good effects in the ubiquity of TV, but I personally wonder what the final balance is. It is interesting that the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke observed how, along with Marshall Mcluhan, the Canadian media commentator, that TV has created a 'global village' and even the poorest of households will own a TV, even in the worst of slums or favelas, as they are known in South American. Indeed, I suspect that the social glue holding Latin American countries together are its soaps. That may hold good for the West, too.

But back to the film; the ensemble acting is excellent, with Stanley Holloway as its focal point, but, goodness me, how gorgeous a young Barbara Murray and Peggy Cummings are, how they brighten the dreariness and blight of a post-war Britain all too slowly recovering from its wounds.


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