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The Promoter (1952)

The Card (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 14 August 1952 (Sweden)
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Arnold Bennett (novel), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin
Glynis Johns ... Ruth Earp
Valerie Hobson ... Countess of Chell
Petula Clark ... Nellie Cotterill
Edward Chapman ... Herbert Duncalf
Veronica Turleigh Veronica Turleigh ... Mrs. Machin
George Devine George Devine ... Mr. H. Calvert
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Codleyn
Frank Pettingell ... Police Superintendent
Gibb McLaughlin ... Emery
Joey the Mule Joey the Mule ... Joey the Mule
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A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

Lock Up Your Dollars and Doughnuts...here's that man again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Promoter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

Editing: In the parade at the end of the film, the star footballer signed by Machin (who doesn't yet appear in the cast credits) winks at the grandees during the march past in long shot, followed seconds later by the close-up of the same action. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Duncalf: Our leading citizen! What great cause has he ever been identified with?
Countess of Chell: I think I can tell you that, Mr Duncalf. It's quite simple. He's been identified with the great cause of cheering us all up!
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Colonel Bogey
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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How can anyone not enjoy it?
30 August 2006 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

This terrific 1952 British black and white movie directed by Ronald Neame (with an inspired casting of a young Alec Guinness as Arnold Bennett's wonderful character, the upwardly-mobile Denry Machin), loses none of the story's magic and captures the flavour of the period (from about 1888 and onwards) and the Potteries (North Staffordshire, England) absolutely perfectly. The ballroom scene (among many others) is an utter delight.

The beautiful Valerie Hobson as the "Countess of Chell" is enchanting. Glynis Johns as the frivolous and extravagant social-climbing dance instructress is equally lovely. Edward Chapman as Mr Duncalf is at his usual pompous best. A marvellous supporting cast puts in a stalwart performance and are all on top form, and the acting by all involved is superb (although Petula Clark is a little too reserved and somewhat bland), but after all that, the star of the show surely has to be Joey the Mule.

I don't intend to give you the storyline as enough reviewers have done that already. Suffice it to say that of all the transferences of classic stories to the screen, this must be one of the best, and I defy anyone (young or old) who may watch it, not to enjoy it (even though it is in black and white), and unfortunately, even with colour and much improved modern techniques, marvellous movies like this just aren't made anymore.


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