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The Final Test

  • Comedy
  • 1953
  • Anthony Asquith
  • 87 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy starring Jack Warner and Robert Morley. A famous cricketer is ready to play his final match, and he wants his son to be there to watch. But the son faces a dilemma when he is invited to the home of a celebrated poet on the same day.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Inspired by Don Bradman's famous second-ball dismissal in his final Test match, this charming film was adapted by Terence Rattigan from his own TV play. Jack Warner gives a no-nonsense performance as the old pro, only to be totally outplayed by Robert Morley as the poet who'd give anything to be a cricketer (much to the bewilderment of Warner's pretentious son, Ray Jackson). Anthony Asquith directs with a straight bat, producing a picture that is as quintessentially English as Test Match Special. Cricketing legends Len Hutton, Denis Compton, Alec Bedser, Godfrey Evans, Jim Laker and Cyril Washbrook have cameos.

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Credits

Cast

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Sam PalmerJack Warner
Alexander WhiteheadRobert Morley
CoraBrenda Bruce
Reggie PalmerRay Jackson
Syd ThompsonGeorge Relph
Aunt EthelAdrianne Allen
SenatorStanley Maxted
Miss FanshaweJoan Swinstead
Frank WellerRichard Bebb
Man In BlackValentine Dyall
Frank JarvisLen Hutton
TBCDenis Compton
TBCAlec Bedser

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Asquith

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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