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The Little Hut (1957)

Three people, Susan and Philip Ashlow and Henry Brittingham-Brett are washed ashore on a deserted island after a shipwreck. Henry is Susan's lover. Since the island is filled with things to... See full summary »


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André Roussin (play), Nancy Mitford (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Ava Gardner ... Lady Susan Ashlow
Stewart Granger ... Sir Philip Ashlow
David Niven ... Henry Brittingham-Brett
Walter Chiari ... Mario
Finlay Currie ... The Rev. Bertram Brittingham-Brett
Jean Cadell Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Hermione Brittingham-Brett
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Capt. MacWalt
Henry Oscar ... Mr. Trollope
Viola Lyel Viola Lyel ... Miss Edwards
Jaron Yaltan Jaron Yaltan ... Indian Gentleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Wattis ... Official


Three people, Susan and Philip Ashlow and Henry Brittingham-Brett are washed ashore on a deserted island after a shipwreck. Henry is Susan's lover. Since the island is filled with things to eat, they can concentrate on the love triangle between the men and the woman. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

16 August 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die kleine Hütte See more »

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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Lady Susan Ashlow: Didn't Philip tell you? He's building a big hut for him and me and a little hut for you.
Henry Brittingham-Brett: In deed.
Lady Susan Ashlow: Well, we can't very well go on sleeping under the stars all the time, can we? We can't all live in one hut together. Well, we can't, really, can we?
Henry Brittingham-Brett: I think the sleeping arrangements leave a lot to be desired.
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Version of De kleine hut (1969) See more »


The Little Hut
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and Marcel Stellman
Music by Peggy Cochrane
Sung by Henri Salvador (uncredited)
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An amusing and naughty romantic comedy
26 August 2006 | by jlgraves-1See all my reviews

With a deliciously naughty premise for the genre, Little Hut carefully walks the line between teasing and tempting, with witty dialogue and an excellent cast. David Niven gives a superb performance opposite the stunning Ava Gardner, as the neurotic Englishman Henry Brittingham-Brett. The pair attempts to navigate the dangerous and sultry waters of unrequited love, while remaining firmly within the bounds of high society. The dialogue is witty, the situation drole, and the chemistry between the two leads superb - an excellent start.

Unfortunately, Stewart Granger's character never really becomes convincing, and acts more as a prop to back-up the action between the two leads. It's a pity, since when the script gives him a chance, he is easily their comedic equal. However, the script never really does - and, once the central premise is revealed, it quickly loses its way, becoming plodding and tiresome with only the two leads to rely on. The film is partially saved at the last minute, with Walter Chiari's highly amusing - and savage - performance. The dynamic he adds re-invigorates the play's sense of wit and naughtiness, just in time for the curtain to fall.

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