WriterBen Travers, Lesley Storm Release date20 April 1942 ProductionAssociated British Picture Corporation CastRobertson Hare (Willoughby Pink), Alfred Drayton (Digby Pound), Isabel Jeans (Sue Long), Nova Pilbeam (Cora Pound) Similar moviesCheer Boys Cheer (1939), Things Happen at Night (1947), On Approval (1944)
Banana Ridge is a 1942 British comedy film directed by Walter C. Mycroft and starring Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton and Isabel Jeans. The film is based on a 1938 stage play of the same name by Ben Travers. It was made at Welwyn Studios. Michael Denison accompanied his wife Dulcie Gray for her screen test for the film, which led some years later to his casting in his breakthrough role in My Brother Jonathan. The film was a success at the box office. Hare and Drayton appeared together in another comedy Women Arent Angels the following year.
Two colleagues come to worry that a mysterious young man may be their son from liaisons with the same woman during the First World War. They are persuaded to give him a job at "Banana Ridge" one of the companys rubber plantations in the Malay States. The young mans romance with the bosses daughter threatens this plan, as does his mothers plan to reveal who is his real father.
When Susie Long appears, together with her 20 year old son, Pink and Pound are thrown into confusion that one of them could be his father.
Robertson Hare as Willoughby Pink
Alfred Drayton as Digby Pound
Isabel Jeans as Sue Long
Nova Pilbeam as Cora Pound
Adele Dixon as Mrs Ellie Pound
Valentine Dunn as Mrs Pink
Stewart Rome as Sir Ramsey Flight
John Stuart as Chief Police Officer Staples
Audrey Boyes as Typist
Patrick Kinsella as Jonesy
Basil Lynn as Mason
Gordon McLeod as Mr. Tope
Mignon ODoherty as Mrs. Bingley
Ley On as Chinese Boy
Wally Patch as Police Officer
Lloyd Pearson as Mr. Bingley
Charles Stewart as Dance Instructor
Dulcie Gray as Bit Part
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