Tripti Joshi (Editor)

Green Grow the Rushes (film)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
6.2/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Derek Twist
Music director  Lambert Williamson
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Thriller
Running time  1h 17m
Screenplay  Derek Twist
Country  United Kingdom
Green Grow the Rushes (film) movie poster
Writer  Derek N. Twist, Howard Clewes
Release date  November 1951
Cast  Roger Livesey (Capt. Cedric Biddle), Honor Blackman (Meg Cuffley), Richard Burton (Robert 'Bob' Hammond), Frederick Leister (Col. Gill), John Salew (Herbert Finch), Colin Gordon (Roderick Fisherwick)
Similar movies  Diamonds Are Forever, The Punisher, Babylon A.D., Blood Diamond, Southland Tales, French Kiss

Lambert williamson music from green grow the rushes 1951

Green Grow the Rushes (1951) is a British comedy film and the first film to be released by ACT Films Ltd. The film was produced by John Gossage and funded by the National Film Finance Corporation and the Co-operative Wholesale Society Bank.


Green Grow the Rushes (film) movie scenes

Green grow the rushes 1951


Green Grow the Rushes (film) httpssuddenlyashotrangoutfileswordpresscom2

Three British government bureaucrats arrive in Kent to inquire as to why the coastal Anderida marsh is not being cultivated. The reason is that most of the local people know about or are involved in the liquor smuggling scheme operated by Captain Biddle and his accomplice Robert (Richard Burton), who is posing as a fisherman when he is seen by the newspaper editor and his journalist daughter Meg.

Robert persuades them not to report it in the newspaper, and tells Biddle about his encounter with them. Biddle does not like the idea of any local "Lily White" (woman) knowing about their illegal activity; he was once married to a Lily White. The smugglers’ next cargo gets caught in a violent storm, and their boat washes inland, settling in the meadow of a farmer whose wife Polly happens to be Biddle’s ex-wife.


  • Richard Burton - Robert Hammond
  • Honor Blackman - Meg Cuffley
  • Roger Livesey - Captain Cedric Biddle
  • Frederick Leister - Colonel Gill
  • Arnold Ridley - Tom Cuffley
  • John Salew - Herbert Finch
  • Colin Gordon - Roderick Fisherwish
  • Geoffrey Keen - Spencer Prudhow
  • Russell Waters - Joseph Bainbridge
  • Vida Hope - Polly
  • Cyril Smith - Constable Hewitt
  • Jack McNaughton - Sgt. Edgar Rigby
  • Eliot Makeham - James Urquhart (Coast Guard)
  • Gilbert Davis - Whitley
  • Harcourt Williams - Chairman of the Bench
  • Archie Duncan - Constable Pettigrew
  • Bryan Forbes - Fred Starling (Biddle’s crewman)
  • Harold Goodwin - Gosling (Biddle’s crewman)
  • Henrik Jacobsen - Sigismund (Biddle’s crewman)
  • Background

    Based on the 1949 novel Green Grow the Rushes by Howard Clewes. The title, at least, is inspired by the 18th-century folk song "Green Grow the Rushes, O", in which each of the 12 verses after the first has the penultimate line, "Two, two, the lily-white boys, clothed all in green O."


    The film was filmed on the coastal Romney Marsh around the town of New Romney.

    Subsequent release

    The film was re-released in 1954 under the alternative title Brandy Ashore.


    Green Grow the Rushes (film) Wikipedia
    Green Grow the Rushes (film) IMDb Green Grow the Rushes (film)