All for Mary

All for Mary is a 1955 British comedy film brought to the screen by Paul Soskin Productions for the Rank Organisation. It was based on a successful West End play by the English husband and wife team of Kay Bannerman and Harold Brooke.[1] It was directed by Wendy Toye, produced by Paul Soskin with the screenplay by Paul Soskin and Peter Blackmore. It starred Nigel Patrick, David Tomlinson, Jill Day and Kathleen Harrison. Eastmancolor Cinematography was by Reginald H. Wyer.[2][3][4]

All for Mary
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Directed byWendy Toye
Written byPeter Blackmore
Paul Soskin
Alan Melville (additional dialogue)
Based onthe play All for Mary
by Harold Brocke & Kay Bannerman
Produced byJ. Arthur Rank
Paul Soskin
StarringNigel Patrick
Kathleen Harrison
David Tomlinson
Jill Day
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Music byRobert Farnon
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 21 December 1955 (1955-12-21)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Two young bachelors take separate skiing holidays at the same resort. Clive Morton and "Humpy" Miller have nothing whatsoever in common—except for one thing: both men fall for the hotel proprietor's daughter Mary. Clive (a debonair soldier and sportsman) gets quickly into his stride, whilst poor "Humpy" - a clumsy, incongruous fellow - looks on dumbly. However, "Humpy" has a secret weapon: Miss Cartwright, his former nanny, who arrives just as the pair are quarantined in the hotel attic after contracting chicken pox. Quickly realising Humpy's predicament, she skillfully arranges for the removal of the opposition, leaving the way clear for "Humpy".


Critical receptionEdit

In the 21st century, a TV Guide reviewer wrote, "This tired old formula is given the standard British treatment, resulting in an enjoyable, but far from classic comedy."[5]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "All for Mary – review | cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  2. ^ "Kay Bannerman Biography (1919-1991)".
  3. ^ "All for Mary" – via
  4. ^ "All for Mary (1956)". BFI.
  5. ^ "All For Mary | TV Guide".