It's a Great Day

It's a Great Day is a 1955 British comedy film directed by John Warrington.[1] A spin-off of the popular soap The Grove Family, the film stars Ruth Dunning as Gladys Grove, Edward Evans as Bob Grove, and Sid James as Harry Mason.[2][3] Nancy Roberts, (1885-1962), as Gran, played the same rôle in the tv series.

Plot summaryEdit

A local council's builder's temperamental differences with his Manager leave him without a product to finish a housing estate. His Son reassures him he knows of an alternative supplier: it leads to a police investigation.


Critical receptionEdit

In discussing the original TV show, the Radio Times praised "The excellent Ruth Dunning and Edward Evans," but "the acting honours, and the popularity stakes, were hijacked by formidable Nancy Roberts as Gran. This cheaply made feature version of the show, produced quickly and efficiently by Butcher's Films with the original cast, now looks like a perfect period artefact. The plot is wonderfully naive, casting doubt on upright Mr Grove's integrity, and the cast is studded with marvellous 1950s faces such as Sid James, Victor Maddern, Michael Balfour and Vera Day. It's a treat for nostalgists and those who cherish that period of postwar austerity, when such a cosy family unit was perceived as the ideal."[4]


  1. ^ "It's a Great Day (1955) - John Warrington - Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "It's a Great Day! (1956)". BFI.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Grove Family, The (1954-57)".
  4. ^ "It's a Great Day – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.

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