The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp

The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp is a 1954[1] British black and white part-fantasy comedy film directed by Alan Bromly and starring Felix Aylmer and Diane Cilento. The film was based on a novel by Charles Terrot and is a remake of a television play written by him and broadcast in 1951.[2][3][4][5][6] It was remade as a West German film of the same title in 1959.

The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp
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Directed byAlan Bromly
Written bySidney Cole
Charles Terrot
Based onthe novel & TV play by Charles Terrot
StarringFelix Aylmer
Diane Cilento
Jerry Desmonde
Music byAntony Hopkins
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byJohn Merritt
Group 3
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 9 September 1954 (1954-09-09) (London)
  • UK (UK)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A beautiful blonde angel (Diane Cilento) arrives in Islington on a goodwill mission to soften the heart of pawnbroker Joshua Webman (Felix Aylmer). To raise money for her mission, she pawns her harp. Bringing out the best in the people she meets, she shows them the path down which their happiness lies.


Critical receptionEdit

Leonard Maltin dismissed the film as "Slight, forgettable fare";[7] Allmovie called it "disposable";[8] whereas TV Guide noted a "Well-made, charming British picture with the standard seriocomic blend of 1950s English films",[9] and Sky Movies praised Diane Cilento, "charm itself as the Angel," and appreciated a "whimsical Ealing-style comedy which keeps its feet firmly on the ground, spreading chuckles instead of sentiment and providing polished frolics in the process. Felix Aylmer - brilliant as the hard-bitten pawnbroker - Jerry Desmonde, Alfie Bass and a first-rate supporting cast help to put a high gloss on these heavenly capers".[10]


  1. ^ Review in The Times in the week of its London release, p. 5, 6 September 1954
  2. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp(1956)". Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  3. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1956)". Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp". Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  5. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp". Retrieved 26 December 2013.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1951)".
  7. ^ "Angel Who Pawned Her Harp, The (1954) - Overview -".
  8. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954) - Alan Bromly - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  9. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp".
  10. ^ "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp".

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