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Cocktails in the Kitchen (1954)

For Better, for Worse (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 20 June 1955 (USA)
In postwar London a young graduate and his girlfriend decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a £5.10.0 job and a 30/- a week single-room ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony
... Anne
... Anne's Father
... Anne's Mother
... Miss Mainbrace
... Debenham
Pia Terri ... Mrs. Debenham
... The Plumber
... Mrs. Doyle
... Alf
Charles Victor ... Fred
... The Foreman
... The Car Dealer
Edwin Styles ... Anne's Boss
Mary Law ... Girl in Office.
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In postwar London a young graduate and his girlfriend decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a £5.10.0 job and a 30/- a week single-room flat. The newly-weds find money fearfully tight, the flat cramped, the neighbours a trial, and her parents always hovering. Can faith conquer all? Is there some way of getting rid of tea-leaves except down the sink? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Romance

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cinema seen in the opening shot of the film is ABC's Ritz, Edgware, the nearest ABC theatre to Elstree Studios. It has clearly been newly whitewashed for the occasion and the poster for Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) visible on the right hand wall dates it to July 1954 when that film played the ABC circuit. The subsequent interior shots are not the Ritz, however. The shot of the screen and proscenium surround look like a studio model (the Ritz was an atmospheric design), whilst the stars of the film sitting in the rear stalls is a studio set. See more »

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Upmarket Grove Family
18 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

In the 50s British films tried to combat the growing influence of TV.One of the first sitcoms was on BBC and was called "The Grove Family" about what would then be called a working class family.This is an upmarket version of that set in Kensington in colour.However it all falls very flat as a comedy.Firstly there is a major problem with Susan Stephen ,as she is simply not very good.It is difficult to understand the couples circumstances,where Bogarde doesn't earn enough money,Stephen sits home all day and they employ Thora Hird as a daily woman.There are all sorts of well known faces coming and going through this film but alas they do not enliven what is a very forced farce.Bogarde would of course have a very successful career ahead of him whilst Stephen would soon slip into obscurity.


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