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Poet's Pub (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller | 5 July 1949 (UK)
A struggling young poet in love manages a country inn, and thwarts a kidnapping attempt.


Frederick Wilson


Eric Linklater (novel), Diana Morgan


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Cast overview:
Derek Bond ... Saturday Keith
Rona Anderson ... Joanna Benbow
James Robertson Justice ... Prof. Benbow
John McLaren John McLaren ... Elmer Van Buren
Barbara Murray ... Nelly Bly
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Quentin Cotton
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Holly
Joyce Grenfell ... Miss Horsefell-Hughes
Fabia Drake ... Lady Mercy Cotton
Maurice Denham ... PC Windle
Kay Cavendish Kay Cavendish ... Jean Forbes
Andrew Osborn Andrew Osborn ... Williams
Iris Hoey ... Lady Keith


A struggling young poet in love manages a country inn, and thwarts a kidnapping attempt.

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Comedy | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 July 1949 (UK) See more »

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Aquila Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Made using Rank's "Independent Frame" production system. The system proved a costly flop. See more »


Prof. Benbow: An egregious illiterate nincompoop - I will not have you casting sheeps' eyes at an unlettered buffoon.
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Half a World Away
Lyrics by Colin Forster
Music by John Leighton
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The Downy Pelican, a Fun Place to Visit!
17 January 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Enjoyable romp about an Oxford poet, Saturday Keith, who after complaining about the dreadful food, beer, and accommodations at an ancient country village inn/pub, befriends a lady at the next table whose husband has just bought her the inn. She makes Saturday the new manager, and soon the "Downy Pelican" is a huge success, full of an assortment of characters including an American collector, a Professor/critic who wrote a bad review of Saturday's book of verses, the critic's attractive daughter, Saturday's ditsy mother, a maid who likes to snoop around the rooms, and a bartender who collects cigarette cards and has invented what he calls a "Blue Cocktail". This is the kind of place where the guests like to indulge in such things as gossip, bridge, games of croquet on the lawn, and lots of drinks in the pub including an old English concoction, a spiced whiskey drink called "Lamb's Wool".

This film is enjoyable, silly fun where the charming old inn is really the star of the whole thing - the kind of place I would love to visit! It is mostly a comedy, but includes a thrown-in mystery involving the "Essex room", the seemingly required car chase scene near the end, and, of course, a romance between Saturday and the attractive daughter. Light, quite entertaining fare - well worth seeing.

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