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Inn for Trouble (1960)

A London couple apply to run a country inn and discover that someone doesn't want them to make a success of it.


C.M. Pennington-Richards (as Pennington Richards)


Fred Robinson (story), Fred Robinson (screen play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun O'Riordan Shaun O'Riordan ... Eddie Larkins
Peggy Mount ... Ada Larkins
Ronan O'Casey ... Jeff Rogers
David Kossoff ... Alf Larkins
Paddi Edwards ... Deirdre
Leslie Phillips ... John Belcher
Arthur Lawrence Arthur Lawrence ... Basil Belcher
Graham Stark ... Charlie (Driver)
Barbara Mitchell Barbara Mitchell ... Hetty Prout
Alan Rolfe Alan Rolfe ... Ted
Fred Robinson Fred Robinson ... Fred
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Old Charlie
Alan Wheatley ... Harold Gaskin
Stanley Unwin Stanley Unwin ... Farmer
Charles Hawtrey ... Silas Withering


After twenty-five years working at Belcher's Brewery, Alf Larkin is given a pub to manage. But the Earl Osbourne is in trouble, mostly because the Earl himself has by tradition to give his own very quaffable beer away free once a quarter. The Larkins come up with various tricks to gain custom, not realising a proposed new road means the place could soon become a goldmine anyway. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

February 1960 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main characters were seen in a TV series The Larkins (1958) that ran in UK from 1958-64. See more »


Alf Larkin's name is misspelled on the door to his office as Mr. Alfred Larkins. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »

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The Larkin Landlords Are Inn For Trouble As We Call Time On This Forgotten Film
13 October 2016 | by memorable-nameSee all my reviews

Inn For Trouble certainly isn't a grand piece of cinematic history and there's few who would consider it a classic but it is pleasant enough to enjoy, to partially fill a lazy afternoon and at less than an hour and a half long Inn For Trouble never outstays it's welcome. The film (the title is a pun and perhaps a warning, you're inn for trouble if you mess with mamma) is based on a television series (never an indication of excellence) called The Larkins and follows the family as they move away from their suburban home to run a country pub known as Ye Earl Osbourne on behalf of Belchers Brewery. Sounds simple enough, this being comedy however, things don't exactly run smoothly for the big mouthed mother and her clan. The Larkins find their pub has no punters, the only remaining staff are either grumpy (Charles Hawtrey) or distracting (Yvonne Monlaur), the local copper is t-total (doesn't drink alcohol) and despite being located between two major roads there is no passing trade, add a drinking competition and an undercover Earl and there you have the plot of the film that is better suited to those of the decade just ending than to those of the one just starting, the final 'knees up mother brown' scene cementing this as a cockney film from days gone by.

Peggy Mount the family matriarch portrays her character Ada Larkin with her usual trademark style of dominating gusto, that would of had her punters running for cover should they have had any. David Kossoff is decent enough in his role of the hen pecked husband Alf Larkin whose beloved beer is disliked by the locals and the remaining family members are passably performed by Ronan O'Casey as the son in law whose wife is holidaying in Canada and by Shaun O'Riordan the scoutmaster son who would rather sleep in a tent than at the pub.

Charles Hawtrey billed as special guest has a throw away role appearing in only a handful of scenes as the grumpy employee Silas Withering, his attitude is never really explained despite later in the film exclaiming that the new landlords are working him to hard, so perhaps he prefers the quite life and plots to send the Larkins packing back to the city.

Character actresses Irene Handl and Esma Cannon appear in just one scene gossiping in the local village shop but have some important information to tell Mrs Larkin, while Leslie Phillips portrays the owner of the Belchers Brewery and is featured at both the beginning and the end of the film.

Overall I would rate Inn For Trouble 7/10 it's a pleasing film with some enjoyable characters and has a gentle comedic tone but it never sizzles with fun and excitement, never really has you laughing out loud and yes probably isn't to memorable either, explaining it's widely unknown status today, a shame but perhaps not a big surprise.

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