Folly to Be Wise

Folly to Be Wise

Frank Launder (1952)

U 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 chaplain attempts to book various acts for the entertainment of a troop of soldiers. Comedy, starring Alastair Sim, Elizabeth Allan and Roland Culver.

Cast & Crew

Rev. Capt. William Paris Alastair Sim
Angela Prout Elizabeth Allan
George Prout Roland Culver
Director Frank Launder

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: DVD