Folly to Be Wise

Folly to Be Wise

Frank Launder (1952)

A Certificate


Our Score
Based on the James Bridie play that gently mocked the popular BBC radio debate programme The Brains Trust, this Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat comedy seems so satisfied with its central idea that it neglects to flesh it out with wit. The various members of the splendid cast seem all too aware that they are marking time between those marvellous moments when army chaplain Alastair Sim loses control of his squabbling panellists, but they are powerless to raise the tempo. Nevertheless, Roland Culver and Elizabeth Allan are good value as the sparring spouses, and Martita Hunt does well in another of her celebrated grande dame turns.


A newly arrived army chaplin attempts to book various acts for the entertainment of a troop of soldiers. Comedy, starring Alastair Sim, Elizabeth Allan and Roland Culver.

Cast & Crew

Captain Paris Alastair Sim
George Prout Roland Culver
Angela Prout Elizabeth Allan
Lady Dodds Martita Hunt
Dr Hector McAdam Miles Malleson
Professor James Mutch Colin Gordon
Joseph Byres Edward Chapman
Private Jessie Killigrew Janet Brown
Walter Peter Martyn
Director Frank Launder
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Other Information

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