WriterIan Dalrymple, Hugh Perceval Release date1955 Based onnovel by Alfred Toombs CastKenneth More, Mandy Miller, Shelagh Fraser, Michael Bentine, Ronald Squire Similar moviesRelated 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.
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
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.
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."