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Simon and Laura (1955)

| Comedy | 1956 (France)
In the 1950's days of only BBC television, a wet-behind-the-ears producer has the idea of basing a family drama series on a real-life happily married actor couple. Unfortunately he chooses ... See full summary »

Director:

Muriel Box

Writers:

Peter Blackmore, Alan Melville (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Simon Foster
Kay Kendall ... Laura Foster
Muriel Pavlow ... Janet Honeyman
Hubert Gregg ... Bertie Burton
Maurice Denham ... Wilson
Ian Carmichael ... David Prentice
Richard Wattis ... Controller of Television Drama ('CT')
Thora Hird ... Jessie
Terence Longdon ... Barney
Clive Parritt Clive Parritt ... Timothy
Alan Wheatley ... Adrian Lee
Beverley Brooks Beverley Brooks ... Mabel
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Effects Man
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... T.V. Producer
David Morrell David Morrell ... T.V. Producer
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Storyline

In the 1950's days of only BBC television, a wet-behind-the-ears producer has the idea of basing a family drama series on a real-life happily married actor couple. Unfortunately he chooses the Fosters, who need the money and so do the show. Actors they may be, but happily married they most surely are not. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They're so happy...it's not true!!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Panik i fjernsynet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Laura Foster: I have acted with octogenarians, dipsomaniacs, dope-fiends, amnesiacs, and veteran cars.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Tritsch Tratsch Polka
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Leighton Lucas
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Film reflects on the new pretender
19 August 2004 | by richard-651See all my reviews

Released as TV in the UK began to challenge cinema, Simon and Laura happily confronts the issue involved in the new medium and the celebrity involved. The idea of pretentious actors trapped in a soap opera character is amusingly investigated. Great slice of Brit comedy, directed by the wonderful Muriel Box. The sort of unassuming film that makes you smile. Its cynicism is countered by a playful innocence in its construction. Top stuff Peter Finch, Kay Kendall and Ian Carmichael are warm and funny characters As always with Brit films from this time riddled with class Colour is great too. A real effort to show how superior cinema was to the new medium?


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