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Simon and Laura (1955)

In the 1950's days of only BBC television, a wet-behind-the-ears producer has the idea of basing a family drama series on a real-life happily married actor couple. Unfortunately he chooses ... See full summary »

Director:

Muriel Box

Writers:

Peter Blackmore, Alan Melville (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Simon Foster
Kay Kendall ... Laura Foster
Muriel Pavlow ... Janet Honeyman
Hubert Gregg ... Bertie Burton
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Wilson
Ian Carmichael ... David Prentice
Richard Wattis ... Controller of Television Drama ('CT')
Thora Hird ... Jessie
Terence Longdon ... Barney
Clive Parritt Clive Parritt ... Timothy
Alan Wheatley Alan Wheatley ... Adrian Lee
Beverley Brooks Beverley Brooks ... Mabel
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Effects Man
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... T.V. Producer
David Morrell David Morrell ... T.V. Producer
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Storyline

In the 1950's days of only BBC television, a wet-behind-the-ears producer has the idea of basing a family drama series on a real-life happily married actor couple. Unfortunately he chooses the Fosters, who need the money and so do the show. Actors they may be, but happily married they most surely are not. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Panik i fjernsynet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Laura Foster: I have acted with octogenarians, dipsomaniacs, dope-fiends, amnesiacs, and veteran cars.
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Connections

Remade as Simon och Laura (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

A Star Is Born
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Music by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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One of my favorites
16 April 2002 | by ottoflopSee all my reviews

I first saw this film on January 1, 1957 at Boston's Exeter Street Theatre,in those days the "temple" of British Cinema. Subsequently went to see it every Friday afternoon for a month even taking friends to see it. A very funny and witty film. Also, a very good historical look at early TV in Britain in the fifties.

Kay Kendall and Peter Finch great but look for an excellent performance from Muriel Pavlow-a wonderful actress who was much more than one of Mr. Rank's "English Roses". She is still acting and going strong.

Have only seen this film on television in the Boston area twice during the 1960s. I have been told that since it makes fun of television, there is some sensitivity to broadcasting it. Would anyone know if it is available on tape or DVD? THANKS!


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