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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 »

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

J. Lee Thompson (screenplay), Peter Myers (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Tony
Susan Stephen ... Anne
Cecil Parker ... Anne's Father
Eileen Herlie ... Anne's Mother
Athene Seyler ... Miss Mainbrace
Dennis Price ... Debenham
Pia Terri Pia Terri ... Mrs. Debenham
James Hayter ... The Plumber
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Doyle
George Woodbridge ... Alf
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Fred
Sidney James ... The Foreman
Peter Jones ... The Car Dealer
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Anne's Boss
Mary Law Mary Law ... Girl in Office.
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Storyline

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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marriage | based on play | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocktails in the Kitchen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

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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References Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) See more »

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For Better, For Worse
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On par with Citizen Kane - A film which will endure the ages
7 December 2000 | by flexmarkSee all my reviews

A British comedy far ahead of its time. A unique view of the hardships faced by young newlyweds in postwar London. This film marked the defining roles for several actors/actresses. A solid performance by Dirk Bogarde, possibly overshadowed by the debut of Pia Terri.


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