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Director  Herbert Wilcox
Sequel  Maytime in Mayfair
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Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Screenplay  Alice Duer Miller
Country  United Kingdom
Spring in Park Lane movie poster
Release date  1948 (1948)
Based on  Come Out of the Kitchen  by Alice Duer Miller
Writer  Alice Duer Miller (book), Nicholas Phipps
Cast  Anna Neagle (Judy Howard), Michael Wilding (Lord Richard), Tom Walls (Uncle Joshua Howard), Peter Graves (Basil Maitland), Marjorie Fielding (Mildred Howard), Nigel Patrick (Mr. Bacon)
Similar movies  Related Herbert Wilcox movies

Spring in park lane


Spring in Park Lane is a 1948 British romantic comedy film directed by Herbert Wilcox.

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Plot

The film tells the story of a footman, Richard, played by Michael Wilding, who is employed by Joshua Howard (Tom Walls), an eccentric art collector. His niece and secretary, Judy (Anna Neagle), has her doubts that Richard is the footman he pretends to be. In reality he is Lord Brent, brother of one of Judy's suitors, the Marquis of Borechester (Nicholas Phipps).

He went to America to sell some old paintings to restore the family fortunes but on the way back receives a message that the cheque he was given for the paintings is invalid. He decides to hide until he can save enough money to return to America, and assumes the identity of a footman. He and Judy fall in love, and as he is about to return to America they discover that the purchaser's cheque is valid after all.

Reception

Released two years after the peak year for cinema attendances in the United Kingdom, it nevertheless was substantially more successful than other contemporary releases, becoming the most successful film release of 1948 in the United Kingdom. In a 2004 survey by the BFI it was rated 5th in the all-time attendance figures for the United Kingdom, with total attendance of 20.5 million, still the largest figure for a wholly British made film. Wilcox claims the film earned ₤1,600,000 at the British box office.

Reviews were generally positive, Variety said, "incident upon incident carry merry laughter through the picture". and The New York Times described it as "attractively witty".

A follow up, Maytime in Mayfair, was released the following year.

One memorable scene presents a group of elders sitting around a garden table playing cards. One, with a droopy moustache and a slow, deep voice, announces "That reminds me of a story"...and proceeds to tell an endless joke about "two chaps", during which he cannot remember which chap says what, and keeps going around in circles saying "And um..um..." and laughing aloud at the joke he will never finish.

Soundtrack

Robert Farnon provides the soundtrack, his light orchestral version of the folk tune Early One Morning proving particularly popular at the time.

References

Spring in Park Lane Wikipedia
Spring in Park Lane IMDb Spring in Park Lane themoviedb.org


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