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Raising a Riot

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Director  Wendy Toye
Running time  1h 30m
Production companies  London Films
Country  United Kingdom
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Genre  Comedy
Language  English
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Writer  Ian Dalrymple, Hugh Perceval
Release date  1955
Based on  novel by Alfred Toombs
Cast  Kenneth More, Mandy Miller, Shelagh Fraser, Michael Bentine, Ronald Squire
Similar movies  Related Wendy Toye movies

Raising a Riot is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Wendy Toye and starring Kenneth More, Shelagh Fraser and Mandy Miller about a naval officer who attempts to look after his three children in his wife's absence.

Plot summary

Commander Peter Kent of the Royal Navy and his wife May have three children, ranging form five to eleven years: Peter, Anne and Fusty. Kent comes home after three years abroad with no idea how to handle the children. When Mary has to fly to Canada, Peter takes his children to his father's new country home, which turns out to be a windmill. They end up clashing with an American family in the neighbourhood.


  • Kenneth More – Peter Kent
  • Shelagh Fraser – Mary Kent
  • Mandy Miller – Anne Kent
  • Gary Billings – Peter Kent
  • Fusty Bentine – Fusty Kent
  • Ronald Squire – Grampy
  • Olga Lindo – Aunt Maud
  • Lionel Murton – Hary
  • Mary Laura Wood – Jacqueline
  • Jan Miller – Sue
  • Nora Nicholson – Miss Pettigrew
  • Anita Sharp-Bolster – Mrs Buttons
  • Michael Bentine – The Professor
  • Dorothy Dewhurst – Mother
  • Robin Brown – Junior
  • Production

    The film was based on a book by American writer Alfred Toombs. The book was based on Toombs' real life experience of having to look after his children after having been away from them at war for three years.

    One of the children is an uncredited Caroline John, who would later play Liz Shaw in Doctor Who.

    Box office

    The film was the eighth most popular movie at the British box office in 1955.

    According to the National Film Finance Corporation, the film made a comfortable profit.


    The New York Times wrote, "Withal, it makes agreeable entertainment. Mr. More is a comical chap, particularly when he has a dog to cope with, as he had in the memorable Genevieve...Raising a Riot is an amiable little film"; while more recently, the Radio Times called it "an inconsequential, one-joke comedy, kept moving by the polished More, but old-fashioned and rather flat"; and Allmovie described how the film "goes off on several directions, many of them hilarious: some of the best scenes involve the kids' ongoing feud with a bunch of American children."


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