An Alligator Named Daisy
An Alligator Named Daisy is a 1955 British comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Donald Sinden, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice, Diana Dors, Roland Culver and Stanley Holloway.
|An Alligator Named Daisy|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Raymond Stross|
|Written by||Jack Davies|
|Based on||novel by Charles Terrot|
|Starring||Donald Sinden |
James Robertson Justice
|Cinematography||Reginald H. Wyer|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
|13 December 1955|
Returning from a cricket match in Ireland, Peter Weston (Sinden), an Englishman, is left with a pet alligator by another passenger who abandons it to him. Horrified, his first instinct is to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, he soon develops a bond with Moira (Carson), a young Irishwoman, which appears to be centred almost entirely around the animal. He soon discovers that Daisy is very tame and domesticated, and seems to be the way to Moira's heart.
Once back in London, Weston struggles to keep Daisy under control – as she upsets his family, loses him his job at a department store and imperils his relationship with his fiancée Vanessa (Dors). He plans to get rid of Daisy, but the police and a pet shop refuse to take her so he abandons her in Regent's Park, later returning with a sense of guilt to rescue her. Owing to a mix-up, Daisy is packed along with the rest of his luggage and accompanies him to his prospective father-in-law's country house. There, Daisy escapes and causes mayhem, while the arrival of Moira's "husband" produces a surprising outcome for all of them.
- Donald Sinden – Peter Weston
- Jeannie Carson – Moira O'Shannon
- James Robertson Justice – Sir James Colbrooke
- Diana Dors – Vanessa Colbrooke
- Roland Culver – Mr Weston
- Stanley Holloway – The General
- Avice Landone – Mrs Weston
- Richard Wattis – Hoskins
- Stephen Boyd – Albert O'Shannon
- Ernest Thesiger – Notcher (uncredited)
- Henry Kendall – Valet
- Michael Shepley – The Judge
- Wilfrid Lawson – Irishman (uncredited)
- Charles Victor – Sergeant (uncredited)
- George Moon – Al (uncredited)
- Margaret Rutherford – Prudence Croquet
- Joan Hickson – Piano Customer (uncredited)
- Jimmy Edwards – Alligator owner (uncredited)
- Frankie Howerd – Comedian (uncredited)
- George Woodbridge – PC Jorkins (uncredited)
- Colin Freear - Garage Boy (uncredited)
The TV Guide wrote, "This very funny film has an excellent supporting cast." The New York Times found that despite "a curiously cute bit by Margaret Rutherford, as a pet-shop owner who talks to the animals in their own "language."...the joke wears thin."
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