The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy

George More O'Ferrall (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
A family drama with its stage origins from Wynyard Browne's play all too obvious, as vicar Ralph Richardson gathers his children around him at Christmas in his Norfolk rectory only for the festive spirit to be dampened by a startling revelation. Almost inevitably, Celia Johnson is on hand like a thick cardigan to provide comfort, and despite the clunky direction by George More O'Ferrall the final outcome is bleaker than you expect.


Unexpected revelations at a Christmas family reunion cause country parson Ralph Richardson to dramatically revise his outlook on life. Domestic drama, with Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.

Cast & Crew

Rev Martin Gregory Ralph Richardson
Jenny Gregory Celia Johnson
Margaret Gregory Margaret Leighton
Michael "Mick" Gregory Denholm Elliott
David Patterson John Gregson
Richard Wyndham Hugh Williams
Aunt Lydia Margaret Halstan
Aunt Bridget Maureen Delaney
Company Sergeant Major William Hartnell
Neighbour Dandy Nichols
Director George More O'Ferrall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD