The Love Lottery

The Love Lottery

Charles Crichton (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
A fizzy, old-fashioned kind of romp, shaping gentle comedy from the way of life of film stars under the strict studio system of the 1930s and 1940s. David Niven is his usual smooth self - that man could slick his way under a locked door - and the part of a 1950s celluloid heart-throb was made for him. Charles Crichton who returned to prominence in the late 1980s with the success of A Fish Called Wanda directs with his tongue well placed in his cheek. The plot is about as daft as you can possibly get - Niven agrees to be first prize in a love lottery for fans - but nobody really cares as there's just enough satire to keep the vehicle afloat. Undemanding fun.


A movie star despairs of being pursued everywhere he goes by besotted fans, so relocates to a quiet Italian village. However, his solitude is disrupted when he is offered as a top prize in a lottery. Ealing comedy, starring David Niven and Peggy Cummins.

Cast & Crew

Rex Allerton David Niven
Sally Peggy Cummins
Jane Anne Vernon
Amico Herbert Lom
Jennings Charles Victor
Ralph Gordon Jackson
TBC Humphrey Bogart
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD