Nothing but the Best

Nothing but the Best

Clive Donner (1963)

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Scripted by Frederic Raphael, photographed by Nicolas Roeg and directed by Clive Donner, this has all the credentials to be one of the best British big-screen satires. There's no denying it's a very funny film, a sort of School for Scoundrels in a Room at the Top, but the brushstrokes are so broad that there is no room for the finer detail that would have made it a classic. Alan Bates is splendid as a working-class wannabe, but Denholm Elliott steals every scene as an indolent aristocrat who tutors him in the delicate art of being a cad.


An ambitious estate agent hires a seedy old Etonian to groom him in the ways of the upper class - but as his status grows, so does his overwhelming desire for money and power. Black comedy, starring Alan Bates, Denholm Elliott, Harry Andrews and Millicent Martin.

Cast & Crew

Jimmy Brewster Alan Bates
Charlie Prince Denholm Elliott
Mr Horton Harry Andrews
Ann Horton Millicent Martin
Mrs March Pauline Delany
Coates Godfrey Quigley
Mrs Brewster Alison Leggatt
Nadine Lucinda Curtis
Ferris Nigel Stock
Hugh James Villiers
Gerry William Rushton
Bernard Levin Bernard Levin
Director Clive Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Domina Prods LtdAvailable on: DVD