The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton

Lewis Gilbert (1957)

U Certificate


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.


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
Lord Loam Cecil Parker
Tweeny Diane Cilento
Lady Mary Sally Ann Howes
Brocklehurst Peter Graves
Lady Brocklehurst Martita Hunt
Ernest Gerald Harper
Catherine Mercy Haystead
Treherne Jack Watling
Agatha Miranda Connell
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Modern Screen Plays LtdAvailable on: video
Comedy Drama