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Genevieve (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 February 1954 (USA)
It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

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Henry Cornelius

Writer:

William Rose (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dinah Sheridan ... Wendy McKim
John Gregson ... Alan McKim
Kay Kendall ... Rosalind Peters
Kenneth More ... Ambrose Claverhouse
Geoffrey Keen ... Policeman
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... J.C. Callahan
Arthur Wontner ... Old Gentleman
Joyce Grenfell ... Hotel Proprietress
Leslie Mitchell Leslie Mitchell ... Himself - Newsreel Commentator
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Storyline

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. Along the way, some old jealousies are kindled to the point where the two men decide to have a "friendly" wager on who will be the first back to London. Once the competitive juices get all fired up, however, it quickly becomes a nasty, hotly-contested affair. Ambrose's companion must suffer through her "maiden voyage" on the rally, while Mrs. McKim, on the other hand, is a long-time sufferer of her husband's obsession. Written by Albert Jingle

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It ought to be illegal to let "Genevieve" on the streets!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die feurige Isabella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sirius Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The trumpet playing of Kay Kendall was actually done by Kenny Baker, who was Britain's top trumpet player at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the rally, the cameraman's shadow is visible on the ground and on the car as McKim backs Genevieve into the car park and does the interview. See more »

Quotes

Wendy McKim: This is the end! Making a public spectacle of yourselves. I couldn't have believed you could have behaved like this, either of you. Just hawling like brooligans.
Ambrose Claverhouse: Hawling like brooligans?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits: For their patient co-operation the makers of this film express their thanks to The Officers and Members of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. Any resemblance between the deportment of our characters and any club members is emphatically denied - - - by the club. See more »

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Car comedy that never runs out of gas !
19 February 1999 | by Rob FoxSee all my reviews

A chirpy British comedy following the fortunes of two overly-competitive friends who enter vintage cars in the famous London to Brighton rally. John Gregson stars as the dour lawyer Alan who, baited by his larger than life friend (Kenneth More), accepts a bet on who will return to London first.

Dinah Sheridan and Fay Kendal provide glamorous and dependable support, with Kendal sparkling as an upper class fashion model with an unexpected capacity for trumpet playing and heavy drinking. Much of the film is typical race and chase stuff, but avoids the usual potholes of over-engineered stunts and tricks. The characters are far more interesting than that!

A brilliant harmonica soundtrack by Larry Adler keeps the tempo and spirits high and the full colour production provides a ready backdrop of 1950's town and country scenes. Escapist entertainment from a period when British cinema boomed.


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