DirectorMaurice Elvey Music directorWilliam Davies CountryUnited Kingdom
Release dateJune 1957 Based onstory by Mary Cathcart Borer
Robert Dunbar WriterMary Cathcart Borer (story), Robert Dunbar (screenplay), Robert Dunbar (story), Allan MacKinnon (screenplay) Initial releaseJune 1957 (United Kingdom) ScreenplayAllan MacKinnon, Robert Dunbar CastAdrienne Corri (Deborah), Thorley Walters (Charles), Lisa Gastoni (Pauline), Richard Wattis (Bill Turner), Bill Fraser (Nixon) Similar moviesRelated Maurice Elvey movies
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Second Fiddle is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Lisa Gastoni and Richard Wattis. The film was produced by Robert Dunbar for Act Films Ltd. It was the final film of prolific director Maurice Elvey.
Second Fiddle was missing from the BFI National Archive, and was listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films. BFI's update on the list reveals that the film is now found and commercially available on DVD from mid-2015.
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Deborah and Charles, very much in love, are young executives at the successful Pontifex Advertising Agency. Deborah is highly sought after as a brilliant TV executive, while Charles is regarded as thoroughly efficient. The Pontifex board of directors however, will not allow any married women on their staff. Charles’ fiancée Deborah worries about her future with the company. Eventually the company reverses their policy, enabling newly-wed Deborah to continue working. When Deborah wins a lucrative advertising campaign in New York, and Charles seems to be overlooked for a promotion he was confident would be his, Charles feels his masculinity threatened. Whilst Deb is away in New York, Charles becomes involved in a flirtatious relationship with his attractive secretary Pauline.
Adrienne Corri as Deborah
Thorley Walters as Charles
Lisa Gastoni as Pauline
Richard Wattis as Bill Turner
Bill Fraser as Nixon
Aud Johansen as Greta
Madoline Thomas as Fenny
Brian Nissen as Jack Carter
Ryck Rydon as Chuck
Jill Melford as Dolly
Joy Webster as Joan
Dino Galvani as Dino
Johnny Briggs as Jimmy
Launce Maraschal as Pontifex
Frederick Piper as Potter
Beckett Bould as General
DVD Compare wrote, "it’s a film that is photographed in a very static way, in a studio setting (Shepperton Studios) and with much use of long takes and theatrical ‘side-on’ blocking of actors – but this fits the material like a glove. It’s a funny, enjoyable film which also slyly comments on issues of gender at work and at home."