His Excellency (1952 film)

His Excellency is a 1952 British comedy drama film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Eric Portman, Cecil Parker, Helen Cherry and Susan Stephen. It follows a blunt Yorkshireman and former trade union leader, who is sent to take over as Governor of a British-ruled island in the Mediterranean.[2] It was based on the 1950 play of the same name by Dorothy Christie and Campbell Christie. The play was also filmed for Australian television in 1958.

His Excellency
Directed byRobert Hamer
Written by
Based onHis Excellency by Dorothy Christie & Campbell Christie
Produced byMichael Truman
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited bySeth Holt
Music byErnest Irving
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
  • January 10, 1952 (1952-01-10) (UK)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£109,000[1]

The film was produced at Ealing Studios under the general oversight of Michael Balcon. The sets were designed by the art director Jim Morahan. Location shooting took place in Sicily around Palermo. The film was scored by Ernest Irving who incorporated a number of themes by Handel.

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Critical reception edit

Britmovie quoted George Perry from his book Forever Ealing, "His Excellency retains a stagebound atmosphere. Its other great fault lies in the way it wastes the theme’s potential in a glib and artificial treatment. At times the film is like an Ealing comedy that got away, with familiar stereotypes such as the ladies who form the clientele of the ‘Old Tea Shoppe’, and the governor's staff. The governor himself tends towards caricature, retaining a shirt sleeves and braces attitude akin to a trade-union rabble rouser long after he should have made a transition to the respectability demanded by his appointment... Robert Hamer returned to Ealing specially to make this film, but compared with the promise of his earlier work it is disappointing and marks the beginning of his decline."[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of The 1950s The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press USA. p. 285.
  2. ^ BFI.org
  3. ^ "His Excellency 1952 - Britmovie - Home of British Films". Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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