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The Good Companions (1933)

Musical taken from J.B. Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.

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Victor Saville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Matthews ... Susie Dean
Edmund Gwenn ... Jess Oakroyd
John Gielgud ... Inigo Jollifant
Mary Glynne ... Miss Elizabeth Trant
Percy Parsons Percy Parsons ... Morton Mitcham
A.W. Baskcomb ... Jimmy Nunn
Florence Gregson Florence Gregson ... Mrs. Oakroyd
Frank Pettingell ... Sam Oglethorpe
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Mr. James Tarvin (as Laurence Hanray)
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Mrs. James Tarvin
George Zucco ... Fauntley
Harold Meade Harold Meade ... Solicitor
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Vicar
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Vicar's Wife
Arnold Riches Arnold Riches ... Hilary
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Musical taken from J.B. Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1935 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravana Errante See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Frederick Piper (Ted Ogelthorpe). See more »

Connections

Remade as The Good Companions (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Give My Happiness to You
(uncredited)
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Sung by Jessie Matthews
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A wistful and wonderful window on a dead world
29 July 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I always preferred this film to the book – although Priestley was an accessible and clever writer his sub-Dickens style and standard left wing leanings (ie support of state capitalism and not socialism) put me off a little. And of course on a much more important if shallower level to me the 25 year old Jessie Matthews was the main thing in here!

Four separate people in provincial Britain are on the tramp to somewhere after leaving their homes, jobs etc to search for life and adventure. They all converge at Rawsley in the Midlands on a jolly pierrot troupe on its last legs called the Dinky Doos, join them and eventually turn their fortunes around as The Good Companions … after it starts raining. There's an endless great British cast, most notably simple Jess Oakroyd from Bruddersford (surely Bradford/Huddersfield?) who was played by avuncular Edmund Gwenn with an OTT Yorkshire accent and talented Inigo Jollifant by angular John Geilgud with an OTT Cambridge accent. The rising star of the troupe Susie Dean was played by lovely Jessie Matthews who had two spellbinding songs, Three Wishes sung with Geilgud and a magically tear-struck Let Me Give My Happiness To You – the money shots are her close ups during this! There was a fine orchestral accompaniment throughout and with only occasionally hokey lapses the production was superb. The solitary message is plain: working together to overcome adversity for a common purpose - even though the ending is altered from the book the various outcomes are the same.

Altogether a memorable film for the non-serious looking for innocuous entertainment from another world, the serious should stick to the book as Priestley's works are Art. Absolutely!


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