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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.


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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Release Date:

20 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Cocktails in the Kitchen  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Jocelyn Lane. See more »


References Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) See more »


For Better, For Worse
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Right Alf, right Fred
14 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

'Temporary' civil servant (Bogarde) and his nubile young fiancée (Stephen) move into a small bedsit ahead of their planned nuptials, but soon find that their neighbours and lack of space turn domesticity into havoc. When the rent and cost of living result in their furniture being scheduled for repossession, they stage a clumsy attempt to avoid the repo men, seeking sanctuary in the neighbouring apartment of Dennis Price and wife Pia Terri (who are also facing the ignominy of eviction) but due to a happy coincidence, mummy and daddy (Herlie and Parker) come to the rescue proving that independence comes at a cost.

Bogarde and Stephen deliver their dialogue with comedic precision, while Athene Seyler as the nuisance yet lonely old neighbour is a highlight among the talented supporting cast. James Hayter is amusing as the stubborn plumber summoned to unblock a troublesome sink-trap before they give their house warming dinner party, the lead-up to which is great comic farce. Fans of these types of B-movie English comedies will also rejoice at the appearance late in the film of Sid James' sarcastic and overly-enthusiastic repo man.

The script is witty and the storyline is well paced and economical, displaying keen observations of the challenges that young people often face as they embark on co-habitation and independence for the first time. Timeless, entertaining comedy, an early effort from noted British director J.Lee Thompson who went on to direct "The Guns of Navarone" and "Cape Fear" in a long and distinguished career.

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