Come Out of the Pantry

Come Out of the Pantry is a 1935 British musical film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Jack Buchanan, Fay Wray, James Carew and Fred Emney. It is based on a 1934 novel of the same name by Alice Duer Miller, and features musical numbers by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart and Maurice Sigler.[1]

Come Out of the Pantry
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Directed byJack Raymond
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byAustin Parker
Douglas Furber
Based ona novel by Alice Duer Miller
a play by A.E. Thomas
StarringJack Buchanan
Fay Wray
Music byHarry Perritt and his Orchestra
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Herbert Wilcox Productions (for) British and Dominions
Distributed byUnited Artists (UK)
Release date
25 November 1935 (London) (UK)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A British aristocrat, Lord Robert Brent, travels to New York City to sell some paintings. He deposits the money from the sale in a bank, but when the bank collapses, he finds himself stranded in America with no money and lots of bills. By chance, Robert meets the old family butler, Eccles, who is now working in New York for the wealthy Beach-Howard family. Eccles helps Roberts to take up employment as a footman in the Beach-Howard household. Robert becomes romantically involved with the young niece, Hilda Beach-Howard. She begins to suspect his true identity. Robert's elder brother arrives in New York to find out what has happened to his sibling. The bank that holds Robert's money reopens, and Robert proposes marriage to Hilda whilst serving dinner. She accepts his proposal.[2]



Come Out of the Pantry was the first British film to star Fay Wray, three years after her appearance in King Kong (1933). She reportedly commented that she felt a certain resentment from the British cast and crew against the presence of an American star. Wray went on to make three more films in Britain, including When Knights Were Bold (1936), also with Jack Buchanan.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Come Out of the Pantry is one of many comedy films that feature aristocratic protagonists who pose as servants, and comparisons have been drawn with the films In the Soup (1936), Ball at Savoy (1936) and Mr Cinders (1934), a retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella.[2] The theme of the "aristocrat in disguise" as a member of the lower classes, and the scenario of romance between members of different social classes became popular tropes in fiction of the interwar period, and Come Out of the Pantry has also been compared to Jack Buchanan's other films in this genre such as A Man of Mayfair and Goodnight, Vienna (both 1932).[4]

Writing for The Spectator in 1935, Graham Greene was critical of the film's portrayal of British social class, and criticised the film as a typical example of the "snobby" and classist English film whose subtle social humour "would be quite meaningless to any but an English audience".[5]

TV Guide called it an "entertaining musical." [6]


The film includes the following songs:[7][3]

A version of "Everything Stops for Tea" was later recorded by blues singer John Baldry on his 1972 album Everything Stops for Tea, produced by Elton John and Rod Stewart.[8]


  1. ^ "Come out of the Pantry (1936)". BFI. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Shafer, Stephen (2003). British Popular Films 1929-1939: The Cinema of Reassurance. Routledge. p. 92. ISBN 9781134988372. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2005). The Films of Fay Wray. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 9780786438754. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ Conrich, Ian (2006). Film's Musical Moments. Edinburgh University Press. p. 77. ISBN 9780748627271. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ Greene, Graham (6 December 1935). "La Bandéra/Come Out of the Pantry". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 39. ISBN 0192812866.)
  6. ^ "Come Out Of The Pantry".
  7. ^ "COME OUT OF THE PANTRY". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ Myers, Paul (2007). It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues. Greystone Books Ltd. p. 255. ISBN 9781553652007. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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