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Give Us the Moon is a 1944 British comedy film directed and written by Val Guest and starring Vic Oliver, Margaret Lockwood, and Peter Graves.[1][2]

Give Us the Moon
Original British film poster
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byEdward Black
Screenplay byVal Guest
Based onThe Elephant is White
by Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon
StarringMargaret Lockwood
Vic Oliver
Roland Culver
Peter Graves
Jean Simmons
Music byBob Busby
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Distributed byGDF (UK)
Release date
  • 31 July 1944 (1944-07-31) (UK)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Although made in 1943-44, the film is set in peacetime Britain, a few years after the end of World War II. Peter Pyke, the son of a millionaire hotel owner, had been a RAF pilot during the war but, much to the frustration of his hard-working father, he doesn't want to work for a living and instead wastes his time away, living in his father's hotel (aptly named "Eisenhower Hotel" after Dwight D. Eisenhower who lead the Allied invasion in 1944). So when Peter finds a club founded by people, mainly White Russian émigrés, who refuse to be of any use to society, he immediately joins them.


Production and releaseEdit

The film is based on the 1939 novel The Elephant is White, written by Caryl Brahms and her Russian émigré writing partner S. J. Simon, but the story was moved from Paris in the 1930s to London in the late 1940s. Brahms and Simon provided additional dialogue to director Val Guest's screenplay.

The film opened at the New Gallery cinema in London on 31 July 1944, less than two months after D-Day and almost a year before the war would end in Europe. Film reviewers at the time were not very impressed - The Times reviewer found it to be "a film which opens well [but] ends not with the bang of vigorous cinematic invention but the whimper of overworked dialogue."[3] - but nowadays the film is regarded by some to be "one of the most delightful comedies ever made".[4]


  1. ^ Give Us the Moon at the TCM Movie Database
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Give Us the Moon (1944)". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ The Times, 31 July 1944, page 8: New Films In London Linked 2017-05-12
  4. ^ The Wonderful World of Cinema, May 19, 2016: Oh! But You MUST See “Give Us the Moon”! Linked 2017-05-12

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