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The Good Companions

The Good Companions

J Lee Thompson (1956)

107min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
JB Priestley's 1929 novel was first filmed in 1933 with John Gielgud and Jessie Matthews. This version, directed by J Lee Thompson, has a glittering array of female talent, including Celia Johnson, Joyce Grenfell, Rachel Roberts, Thora Hird and Janette Scott. The men - Eric Portman, John Fraser, Hugh Griffith, Alec McCowen and Anthony Newley - are less showy but still manage to prove how British movies of the time could cast in depth without having to offer roles to the acting knights of the realm. The story, about a concert party, has dated, and it's all a bit too polite, but the cast makes it well worth watching.

Summary

Three mismatched travelling companions seeking adventure take to the road where they join up with and transform a down-at-heel performing company. Remake of the classic 1933 comedy, with an all-star cast, including Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Rachel Roberts, Anthony Newley and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Jess Oakroyd Eric Portman
Miss Trant Celia Johnson
Susie Dean Janette Scott
Inigo Jolifant John Fraser
Morton Mitcham Hugh Griffith
Jimmy Nunn Bobby Howes
Elsie Longstaff / Effie Longstaff Rachel Roberts (1)
Mr Joe John Salew
Mrs Joe Mona Washbourne
Jerry Jerningham Paddy Stone
Mrs Oakroyd Thora Hird
Albert Alec McCowen
Lady Parlitt Joyce Grenfell
Mulbrau Anthony Newley
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe Ltd

Comedy

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