Henry Cornelius (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
A review of this most beloved of comedies almost writes itself. Mocking many of the character traits that supposedly made this nation great, few films are as essentially British as Genevieve. The good-natured round of confrontations and calamities that befall John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall during the London to Brighton vintage car rally are familiar to generations of movie-goers and, even though each disaster is more predictable than the last, there is unending pleasure to be had in observing the reactions of the childish, overzealous chauvinists and their teasing, long-suffering partners. The performances are a joy, the soundtrack by harmonica maestro Larry Adler unforgettable.


Two rival motoring enthusiasts engage in a friendly race on the way back from the London-to-Brighton veteran car rally. However, their light-hearted attitude turns into heated competition as they approach the finishing line, with their friendship seemingly doomed - while their long-suffering other halves have to contend with their obsession. Comedy, starring Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall.

Cast & Crew

Ambrose Claverhouse Kenneth More
Alan McKim John Gregson
Wendy McKim Dinah Sheridan
Rosalind Peters Kay Kendall
First traffic policeman Geoffrey Keen
Second traffic policeman Harold Siddons
JC Callahan Reginald Beckwith
Hotel proprietress Joyce Grenfell
Elderly gentleman Arthur Wontner
Director Henry Cornelius
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD