The Good Companions (1933 film)
|The Good Companions|
U.S. film poster
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Written by||Ian Dalrymple|
W. P. Lipscomb
J. B. Priestley
Edmund Gwenn (uncredited)
|Music by||George Posford|
|Edited by||Fredrick Y. Smith|
|Distributed by||Ideal (UK)|
Fox Film Corporation (USA)
A group of widely divergent characters meet up with a broken-down touring concert-party, throw in their lot with them, and eventually triumph after temporary setbacks. This British musical-comedy follows an unlikely trio as they try to revive the fortunes of the floundering theatrical troupe. School teacher Inigo Jolifant (John Gielgud) with his talent for songwriting, and recently unemployed Jess Oakroyd (Edmund Gwenn) with his theatrical ambitions, together persuade Miss Trant (Mary Glynne), an older single woman looking for adventure, to fund them as they attempt to bring "The Dinky Doos" back into the spotlight. Susie Dean (Jessie Matthews) is a chorus girl who dreams of stardom, and when she's made the new leader of the show, it looks as if her dreams may finally come true.
- Jessie Matthews as Susie Dean
- Edmund Gwenn as Jess Oakroyd
- John Gielgud as Inigo Jollifant
- Mary Glynne as Miss Elizabeth Trant
- Percy Parsons as Morton Mitcham
- Alec Fraser as Doctor Hugh MacFarlane
- A. W. Baskcomb as Jimmy
- Florence Gregson as Mrs. Oakroyd
- Frank Pettingell as Sam Oglethorpe
- Laurence Hanray as Mr. Tarvin
- Annie Esmond as Mrs. Tarvin
- George Zucco as Fauntley
- Frederick Piper as Ted Oglethorpe
- Cyril Smith as Leonard Oakroyd
- Tom Shale as Gatford Hotel landlord
- Dennis Hoey as Joe Brundit
- Richard Dolman as Jerry Jerningham
- Ben Williams as Man Cleaning Windows at Hotel Reception (uncredited)
- Mignon O'Doherty as Mrs. Tipstead
In comparing the film to the book, The New York Times wrote, "It is, indeed, a better production than was to be expected, for, while there are omissions and a certain hastening of parts of the narrative, the cheery personalities are present and in good form," and concluded, "Miss Matthews sings pleasingly and dances gracefully, while Mr. Gielgud's portrayal is extraordinarily real. It is one of those stories which is all the more worth while for having been made in England, for, aside from the naturalness of the players, there are the scenes of country houses and hedged roads, which add to the general effect of the picture"; whereas Time Out wrote, "Saville's direction is adequate rather than inspired, but he elicits marvellous performances from his disparate cast. Matthews' portrayal of a bubblingly neurotic soubrette is wonderful, and not surprisingly shot her to stardom. The film does feed on rather than explore the twee camaraderie of the provincial touring company, but an English backstage musical as witty and well-handled as this is something to be thankful for indeed"; and Leonard Maltin called it "a delightful film. Matthews is given full rein to display her considerable musical and comedic charms; Gielgud is equally humorous and surprising. He even sings!"
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