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Wishing Well (1954)

The Happiness of Three Women (original title)
| Drama


Maurice Elvey


Eynon Evans (screenplay), Marfy Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda de Banzie ... Jane Price
Eynon Evans Eynon Evans ... Amos Parry
Petula Clark ... Delith
Donald Houston ... John
Patricia Burke ... Ann Murray
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Irene Jennings
Bill O'Connor Bill O'Connor ... Peter Jennings
Gladys Hay Gladys Hay ... Amelia Smith
Glyn Houston ... Morgan
Emrys Leyshon Emrys Leyshon ... David Miles
Hugh Pryse Hugh Pryse ... The Minister
Jessie Evans Jessie Evans ... Blodwen
John Lewis John Lewis ... Bus Driver
Mary Jones Mary Jones ... Mary Lewis
Julie Milton Julie Milton ... Nancy


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Company Credits

Production Co:

David Dent Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Petula Clark sings "Our Love" a rare filmed singing performance from 1954. See more »


Version of Wishing Well (1957) See more »


Y Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat)
Arranged by Meirion Williams
Introducing The Winning Youth Choid at the Welsh National Eisteddfod The London Welsh Choir (as The London Welsh Youth Choir)
Conducted by Kenneth Thomas
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Welsh drama affectionately transcribed.
4 July 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

THE HAPPINESS OF THREE WOMEN is one of the last of the three hundred odd films to be made by veteran English director Maurice Elvey and one which he held in some regard, using it in his teaching work after his retirement.

While this in not a major work to be compared with his silent THE LIFE OF DAVID LLOYD GEORGE the recent discovery of which has signaled the neglect which his industry and film scholars treated Elvey, THE HAPPINESS OF THREE WOMEN is welcome for those alarmed by the unsuitable productions given Elvey in his final active years.

Based on a then popular play by Welsh bus driver Evans, who plays the conniving postman in the film, this centres on the Wishing Well Inn run by De Banzie who Evans is trying to lure away from sleeping with her hot water bottle.

Three bookings are made, a nurse with a tragic past, a Korea veteran and a housemaid become rich. Evans efforts to solve their problems are played out in the manner of the British films of the day - not all that far removed from the first, black and white "Carry On..."films where the knockabout was marginal to a sentimental main plot. Best element is the proposed marriage between Petula Clarke and then star Donald Houston as De Banzie's wheelchair bound son, the local school teacher. This has conviction and restraint and the sub-plots keep attention switching skillfully.

Film-making is more adept than the work being done around it, with the camera placed in the middle of the action avoiding stage quality and the Welsh locations and Nettlefold studio shooting effectively integrated. This comes early in the transition to wide screen filming and handles the new format without any problems. The pacing, normally sluggish in English films of the day, is brisk. Patricia Cutts and Donald Houston's brother Glynn even manage a quite sensual bedroom scene out of character with the known Elvey films.

Now, like the body of it's maker's work almost never seen, THE HAPPINESS OF THREE WOMEN makes a disturbing reminder that the most remarkable English film maker of the silent period remained active and retained his skills long after commentators had forgotten his major work.

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