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The Good Companions (1957)

A touring variety troupe, the "Dinky Doos" are in financial trouble. An encounter with three strangers - Inigo Jollifant (a romantic, song-writing ex-schoolmaster), Miss Trant (a ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson)

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (by), T.J. Morrison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Jess Oakroyd
Celia Johnson ... Miss Trant
Hugh Griffith ... Morton Mitcham
Janette Scott ... Susie Dean
John Fraser ... Inigo Jollifant
Bobby Howes Bobby Howes ... Jimmy Nunn
Rachel Roberts ... Elsie & Effie Longstaff
John Salew John Salew ... Mr. Joe
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Joe
Paddy Stone Paddy Stone ... Jerry Jerningham &
Irving Davies Irving Davies ... Partner
Shirley Anne Field ... Redhead - The Three Graces (as Shirley Ann Field)
Margaret Simons Margaret Simons ... Blonde - The Three Graces
Kim Parker ... Brunette - The Three Graces
Beryl Kaye Beryl Kaye ... Principal Dancer
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Storyline

A touring variety troupe, the "Dinky Doos" are in financial trouble. An encounter with three strangers - Inigo Jollifant (a romantic, song-writing ex-schoolmaster), Miss Trant (a philanthropic spinster in search of adventure), and Jess Oakroyd (a down to earth, practical man recently made redundant from his job) leads to a change of fortune. Re-launched with Miss Trant's money, they tour England, at first with little success. Inigo falls in love with the troupe's talented and pretty young girl singer, Susie Dean. The troupe is threatened with disharmony, but, due to Inigo's intervention, and the marriage of the principal dancer (Jerry Jerningham) to Lady Parlitt (whose family "own a chain of theatres"), all turns out well for Susie by the end, when she triumphs in a lavish London revue, with the other members of "The Good Companions" in the audience, cheering her triumph. Written by Roger Mellor <roger@mellor48.freeserve.co.uk>

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Singing...Dancing...Laughing...They put the GO into Good!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bons Camaradas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Janette Scott (Susie Dean) is, in real life, Thora Hird's (Mrs. Oakroyd) daughter. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Jerningham: Where there's an Englishman / You'll find a pot of tea. / Where there's a Frenchman / A whiff of gay Paree. / And where those hep cats meet, / You'll find a boogie beat / And where there's you / There's always me.
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Connections

Remake of The Good Companions (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round the World
Music and Lyrics by Paddy Roberts, Geoffrey Parsons
Performed by Janette Scott (uncredited)
Vocal dubbed by Jill Day (?) (uncredited)
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Associated British goes all musical
2 May 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This remake of the thirties Jessie Matthews/John Gielgud musical has a lot of charm due to its lovely colour, excellent songs, and a strong cast (good roles for Celia Johnson, Eric Portman, Joyce Grenfell, Hugh Griffith, Bobby Howes, Rachel Roberts, John Fraser and of course Jeanette Scott and her mother Thora Hird; smaller showy roles for Anthony Newley and John Le Mesurier). The last few musical numbers towards the end of the film match many of Hollywood musical efforts around the same time, but the fact that the film is British gives it a heart and a sense of fun sometimes lacking in American polish.


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