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The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954)

An Angel finds that she needs money to fulfill her mission on Earth. Her only solution to this problem is to pawn Her harp.


Alan Bromly


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Felix Aylmer ... Joshua Webman
Diane Cilento ... The Angel
Robert Eddison ... The Voice (voice)
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Parker
Joe Linnane Joe Linnane ... Ned Sullivan
Sheila Sweet Sheila Sweet ... Jenny Lane
Philip Guard Philip Guard ... Len Burrows
Genitha Halsey Genitha Halsey ... Mrs. Burrows
Edward Evans ... Sergeant Lane
Elaine Wodson Elaine Wodson ... Mrs. Lane
Alfie Bass ... Lennox
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... Boyd
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Mrs. Trap
David Kossoff ... Schwartz
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Stillvane


An Angel finds that she needs money to fulfill her mission on Earth. Her only solution to this problem is to pawn Her harp.

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Release Date:

28 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Group 3 See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


Remake of The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1951) See more »


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Music by Michael William Balfe
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Utterly Charming
19 August 2017 | by shozzas15See all my reviews

I don't do lists, but this may be the loveliest film I've ever seen. It grabbed me from the opening sequence, the camera sweeping over Islington while there is a distinctly odd, & oddly amusing conversation going on. At this point though you feel this film could go either way. But as soon as the angel appears at the pawnbrokers you know it's going to be good. Cilento is just perfect; innocent & wise at the same time, her beauty transcending sexuality. What followed was a small scale unpretentious masterpiece. There are caricatures & characters, some good performances, some excellent, some lovely comic touches (the drunken drummer confused as he exited the dance amused me inordinately). Possibly the only complaint was Aylmer's accent, which I think was meant to be Oi Vey Jewish but kept wandering across several ethnic possibilities. Apart from that his actual performance was excellent.

Are we supposed to take any of it seriously? Of course not. But there was a serious message at its core, something rather wonderful about things that really matter, something sometimes more effective for being told in a whimsical, light-hearted way.

It's the oldest & most important message ever. It's inherently implicit in every significant piece of art, literature & music - even if by it's absence. Love. Genuine transcendental love & compassion for all the human race, for all that lives & breathes. That quality suffused this modest little film, & it moved me immensely, far more than many big budget extravaganzas that hit you over the head trying to force a similar response. I adored it. I will treasure it till the day I (hopefully) acquire a harp of my own :-)

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