Meet Mr. Lucifer is a black and white British comedy satire film released in 1953 starring Stanley Holloway. It was filmed at Ealing Studios, London, and is one of the Ealing Comedies. The film is based on the play Beggar My Neighbour by Arnold Ridley (who later played Private Godfrey in the BBC television comedy series Dad's Army).[2] The film opened on 26 November 1953 at the Haymarket Gaumont cinema in London.[1]

Meet Mr. Lucifer
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Screenshot showing actor Jack Watling
Directed byAnthony Pelissier
Produced byMonja Danischewsky
Written byMonja Danischewsky (scriptwriter)
additional dialogue by Peter Myers and Alec Grahame
StarringStanley Holloway
Peggy Cummins
Jack Watling
Music byEric Rogers
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Edited byBernard Gribble
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
26 November 1953[1]
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


When Mr Pedelty (Joseph Tomelty) leaves his firm, he is given a television set as a retirement present. At first he enjoys all the attention from his neighbours, but soon the attraction wears off, and he sells it on to a young married couple (Jack Watling and Peggy Cummins) living in the flat above him. They soon encounter the same problems, and again the set is passed on to several different characters all with the same results.


(in credits order)


  1. ^ a b "Barbara Murray". Art & Hue. 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Meet Mr. Lucifer". Retrieved 8 January 2008.

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