Top of the Form is a 1953 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley and Harry Fowler. The film draws inspiration from Will Hay's 1937 classic Good Morning, Boys. The film was released in black-and-white.
|Top of the Form|
|Directed by||John Paddy Carstairs|
|Based on||original story by Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Paul Soskin|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Music by||Ronald Hanmer|
Paul Soskin Productions (for) British Film-Makers
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|February 1953 (UK)|
This story explores a bookmaker Ronnie Fortescue (Ronald Shiner), who becomes headmaster of a boys' school, and of his and his pupil's adventures in passing examinations and on a subsequent free trip to Paris. Once in Paris, headmaster and pupils become embroiled in gambling casinos, and in a plot to steal the French Crown Jewels.
- Ronald Shiner as Professor Ronnie Fortescue
- Anthony Newley as Percy
- Harry Fowler as Albert
- Jacqueline Pierreux as Yvette
- Alfie Bass as Arty Jones
- Mary Jerrold as Mrs. Bagshot
- Richard Wattis as Willoughby Gore
- Howard Marion-Crawford as Dickson
- Roland Curram as Terence
- Terence Mitchell as Clarence
- Gerald Campion as Pugley
- Oscar Quitak as Septimus
- Kynaston Reeves as The Dean
- Martin Benson as Cliquet
The Radio Times called it a "misfiring Ronald Shiner vehicle...Less amusing than (Will) Hay's St Michael's outings and less anarchic than the St Trinian's romps, this efficient but underwhelming caper is all too typical of its director, John Paddy Carstairs": whereas TV Guide hailed "An entertaining comedy."
- "Top of the Form (1953)".
- "Top of the Form – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
- BFI Collections: Michael Balcon Papers H3 reprinted in British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference By Sue Harper, Vincent Porter p 41
- "Top Of The Form - TV Guide". TVGuide.com.