WriterCampbell Christie, W. P. Lipscomb Release dateJanuary 1952 CastEric Portman (George Harrison), Cecil Parker (Sir James Kirkman), Helen Cherry (Lady Kirkman), Susan Stephen (Peggy Harrison), Edward Chapman (The Admiral), Clive Morton (G.O.C.) Similar moviesRelated Robert Hamer movies
His Excellency is a 1952 British comedy film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Eric Portman, Cecil Parker, Helen Cherry. It follows a blunt Yorkshireman and former trade union leader, who is sent to take over as Governor of a British-ruled island in the Mediterranean.
The play was also filmed for Australian television in 1958.
Eric Portman as George Harrison
Cecil Parker as Sir James Kirkman
Helen Cherry as Lady Kirkman
Susan Stephen as Peggy Harrison
Edward Chapman as The Admiral
Clive Morton as General Officer Commanding
Alec Mango as Jackie
Geoffrey Keen as Morellos
John Salew as Fernando
Robin Bailey as Charles
Eric Pohlmann as Dobrieda
Paul Demel as Chef
Elspeth March as Mrs Fernando
Howard Marion-Crawford as Tea shop proprietor
Henry B. Longhurst as Lord Kynaston
Britmovie quoted George Perry from his book Forever Ealing, "His Excellency retains a stagebound atmosphere. It’s other great fault lies in the way it wastes the theme’s potential in a glib and artificial treatment. At times the film is like an Ealing comedy that got away, with familiar stereotypes such as the ladies who form the clientele of the ‘Old Tea Shoppe’, and the governor’s staff. The governor himself tends towards caricature, retaining a shirt sleeves and braces attitude akin to a trade-union rabble rouser long after he should have made a transition to the respectability demanded by his appointment... Robert Hamer returned to Ealing specially to make this film, but compared with the promise of his earlier work it is disappointing and marks the beginning of his decline."