The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton

Lewis Gilbert (1957)

89min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is an agreeably dated version of JM Barrie's play, about the butler to Lord Loam taking over as master when the family is shipwrecked. The well-loved material provides a splendid vehicle for Kenneth More's genial urbanity, though it's Cecil Parker, as the bemused peer, who seems more in touch with early 20th-century times. Diane Cilento (Jason Connery's mother) and Sally Ann Howes are the charmers vying for Crichton's impeccable affections and it's kept the right side of entertaining by Reach for the Sky director Lewis Gilbert.

Summary

Lord Loam is proud of his tendency to treat his staff as equals - to a point - while his manservant Crichton believes people should know their place. However, when the entire household is shipwrecked on a desert island, it is the resourceful butler who rises to the top of the pecking order - to the horror of his supposedly liberal master. Comedy based on JM Barrie's play, starring Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Diane Cilento and Peter Graves.

Cast & Crew

Crichton Kenneth More
Tweeny Diane Cilento
Lord Loam Cecil Parker
Lady Mary Sally Ann Howes
Lady Brocklehurst Martita Hunt
Treherne Jack Watling
Brocklehurst Peter Graves (1)
Ernest Gerald Harper
Catherine Mercy Haystead
Agatha Miranda Connell
Vicar Miles Malleson
Captain Eddie Byrne
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Modern Screen Plays Ltd Available on: Available on video

Comedy Drama

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