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The Girl Who Couldn't Quite (1950)

Smilie that is. A tramp cures a teenager's amnesia and she fails to recognise him afterwards.

Director:

Norman Lee

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Leo Marks (based on the stage play by), Norman Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Owen ... Tim
Elizabeth Henson Elizabeth Henson ... Ruth
Betty Stockfeld ... Pamela
Iris Hoey ... Janet
Stuart Lindsell Stuart Lindsell ... John
Vernon Kelso Vernon Kelso ... Paul
Rose Howlett Rose Howlett ... Cookie
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Manservant
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Smilie that is. A tramp cures a teenager's amnesia and she fails to recognise him afterwards.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1950 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

£50,000 (estimated)
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John Argyle Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mildly salacious sex comedy is a strange link between "Strip! Strip! Hooray!!!" and "Peeping Tom"

Cheekily-titled programmer is a fitting swansong for director Norman Lee, responsible for "Strip! Strip! Hooray!!!"(1932), a very early British "nudie." The audience was no doubt expecting something sexier than what they got: the young woman in question (Elizabeth Henson) can't quite smile. She appears to have some form of autism or schizophrenia and shocks her family by falling in love with a tramp (Bill Owen). In time-honoured tradition the odd couple change each other's lives. The action is stagily confined to a country house and perhaps appropriately the performances (with the exception of Owen) are strictly provincial rep. But seekers of the unorthodox should note that the film is based on a play by Leo Marks, who went on to shock the world with "Peeping Tom", a far more sensational exploitation of psychosis. "Malcolmgsw" is wrong to state that Marks went on to make glamour and nudist films. He's thinking of Harrison Marks. Leo Marks had nothing to do with the screenplay of this film, whose low comedy is quite inappropriate for the theme. At one point rough Owen puts posh Henson over his knee for a spanking and there is a close shot of her bare legs kicking. But otherwise this is about as far as it's possible to get from Lady Chatterley and her gamekeeper.


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