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It's Hard to Be Good (1948)

A conscientious captain emerges from the war with ambitions to spread peace and goodwill, but finds that his message is misunderstood.


Jeffrey Dell


Jeffrey Dell (story by), Jeffrey Dell


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Complete credited cast:
Anne Crawford ... Mary Leighton
Jimmy Hanley ... Captain James Gladstone Wedge VC
Raymond Huntley ... Williams
Edward Rigby ... Parkinson
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Budibent
Joyce Carey ... Alice Beckett
Geoffrey Keen ... Sergeant Todd
Lana Morris ... Daphne
David Horne ... Edward Beckett
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Ellen Beckett
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Fred Hobson
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Buck
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Buck


A conscientious captain emerges from the war with ambitions to spread peace and goodwill, but finds that his message is misunderstood.

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Release Date:

23 December 1950 (USA) See more »

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Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Captain James Gladstone Wedge VC: My father had five years, 1914-18, I've had five. My son'll get the next lot...
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It's Hard to Make a Good Movie
18 July 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jimmy Hanley spends three years in hospital after injuries in the Second World War, with plenty of time to think about how to maintain peace. He decides that the first step is to be helpful and neighborly, but soon discovers It's Hard to Be Good. Everyone thinks him a nut.... until he is awarded the Victoria Cross, and suddenly he is listened to .... and used.

It's a hopeful little British comedy, with some heart in it, but its low-key MEET JOHN DOE story line makes it seem like an also-ran, despite several amusing incidents, and gorgeous Anne Crawford as his nurse and later wife. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the movie's earnest and mocking tone was not wanted; it was an era of Big Plans and National Efforts, and people didn't believe in its simple, grass-roots ideas... nor, seventy years later, do I. Still, it can be enjoyed for its innocent, middle class humor, if you're in the right mood.

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