For Better, for Worse

For Better, for Worse

J Lee Thompson (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
Almost comforting in its snug predictability, this adaptation of Arthur Watkyn's stage play is now more noteworthy for its unworldly, sit-comic depiction of young bourgeois marriage than its actual entertainment value. There's a definite rapport between impoverished Dirk Bogarde and his bride, Susan Stephen, but the reliance on disapproving in-laws, nosey neighbours and dodgy tradesmen for laughs could easily have worn thin were it not for the effortlessly accomplished support from the likes of Cecil Parker, Dennis Price and Eileen Herlie. Comedy wasn't really director J Lee Thompson's forte, but he keeps things pottering along nicely.


a newlywed couple face trials and triumphs as they begin married life together. Comedy, starring Dirk Bogarde and Susan Stephen.

Cast & Crew

Tony Howard Dirk Bogarde
Anne Purves Susan Stephen
Anne's father Cecil Parker
Anne's mother Eileen Herlie
Debenham Dennis Price
Miss Mainbrace Athene Seyler
Mrs Debenham Pia Terri
Plumber James Hayter
Mrs Doyle Thora Hird
Alf George Woodbridge
Foreman Sidney James
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: DVD