The Good Companions

The Good Companions

J Lee Thompson (1956)

PG Certificate


Our Score
JB Priestley's 1929 novel was first filmed in 1933 with John Gielgud and Jessie Matthews. This version, directed by J Lee Thompson, has a glittering array of female talent, including Celia Johnson, Joyce Grenfell, Rachel Roberts, Thora Hird and Janette Scott. The men - Eric Portman, John Fraser, Hugh Griffith, Alec McCowen and Anthony Newley - are less showy but still manage to prove how British movies of the time could cast in depth without having to offer roles to the acting knights of the realm. The story, about a concert party, has dated, and it's all a bit too polite, but the cast makes it well worth watching.


Three mismatched travelling companions seeking adventure take to the road where they join up with and transform a down-at-heel performing company. Remake of the 1933 comedy, starring Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Rachel Roberts, Anthony Newley and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Actor Eric Portman
Actor Celia Johnson
Actor John Fraser
Actor Rachel Roberts
Actor Thora Hird
Actor Anthony Newley
Actor John Le Mesurier
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

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