The Vicar of Bray

The Vicar of Bray

Henry Edwards (1937)

66min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mercifully the kind of film they don't make any more, but it's not without moments of interest as a historical artefact. Making extravagantly expansive gestures and projecting to the rear of the music-hall stalls, Stanley Holloway shows why he took so long to establish himself as a screen performer, here playing the Irish clergyman who is hired to tutor the future Charles II but finds himself matchmaking in an English Civil War version of Romeo and Juliet instead. The songs are ghastly and the period trappings cheap and inaccurate, but Felix Aylmer and Garry Marsh go some way towards atoning for the film's deficiencies.

Summary

A crafty clergyman protects his position and the needs of his parishioners during the Civil War and the Restoration. Historical drama, starring Stanley Holloway and Hugh Miller.

Cast & Crew

The Vicar of Bray Stanley Holloway
King Charles I Hugh Miller
Dennis Melross Esmond Knight
Director Henry Edwards

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and white
Drama