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Director  Herbert Wilcox
Producer  Herbert Wilcox
Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb

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Genres  Drama, War film
Language  English
Piccadilly Incident movie poster
Release date  30 September 1946
Writer  Nicholas Phipps (scenario), Florence Tranter (story)
Production  Associated British Picture Corporation
Cast  Anna Neagle (Diana Fraser), Michael Wilding (Capt. Alan Pearson), Frances Mercer (Joan Draper), Coral Browne (Virginia Pearson), Edward Rigby (Judd), Brenda Bruce (Sally Benton)


Similar  The Courtneys of Curzon Street, I Live in Grosvenor Square, For Them That Trespass

Piccadilly Incident is a 1946 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Coral Browne, Edward Rigby and Leslie Dwyer. Wilcox teamed his wife Anna Neagle with Michael Wilding for the first time, establishing them as top box-office stars in five more films, ending with The Lady with a Lamp in 1951. Wilding was third choice for leading man after Rex Harrison and John Mills.

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Premise

A married woman is believed dead in a shipwreck, but returns home with the Second World War at its height to find her husband remarried.

Cast

  • Anna Neagle as Diana Fraser
  • Michael Wilding as Captain Alan Pearson
  • Frances Mercer as Joan Draper
  • Michael Laurence as Bill Weston
  • Coral Browne as Virginia Pearson
  • A. E. Matthews as Sir Charles Pearson
  • Edward Rigby as Judd
  • Brenda Bruce as Sally Benton
  • Leslie Dwyer as Sam
  • Maire O'Neill as Mrs. Millgan
  • Reginald Owen as Judge
  • Michael Medwin as Radio Operator
  • Roger Moore as Guest Sitting at Pearson's Table (uncredited)
  • Production

    Herbert Wilcox made the film as a follow up to I Live in Grosvenor Square (1945). He hoped to use the same leads, Anna Neagle and Rex Harrison, but the success of Grosvenor Square saw Harrison offered a contract with 20th Century Fox. Wilcox offered the role to John Mills, who turned it down. He accepted Michael Wilding reluctantly at the suggestion of Wilding's agent, but once he saw Wilding and Neagle play their first scene together, he put Wilding under a personal long-term contract.

    Reception

    Piccadilly Incident was the second most popular film at the British box office in 1946, after The Wicked Lady.

    It was voted the best British film of 1946 at Britain's National Film Awards. Neagle's performance meant she was voted Best Actress of the year by the readers of Picturegoer magazine.

    Though The New York Times thought the film demonstrated "the British are quite as capable as the Americans of unconvincing direction, ill-considered writing and tedious acting", critic Godfrey Winn wrote "In Piccadilly Incident is born the greatest team in British Films"; Leonard Maltin wrote "good British cast gives life to oft-filmed plot"; Allmovie called the film "a weeper deluxe"; and the Radio Times concluded that the film "effectively opens the tear ducts".

    References

    Piccadilly Incident Wikipedia
    Piccadilly Incident IMDb Piccadilly Incident themoviedb.org


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