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The Holly and the Ivy (film)

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Director  George More OFerrall
Music director  Malcolm Arnold
Language  English
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Producer  Anatole de Grunwald
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  22 December 1952 (UK)4 February 1954 (US)
Writer  Wynyard Browne (play), Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay)
Screenplay  Wynyard Browne, Anatole de Grunwald
Cast  Ralph Richardson (Reverend Martin Gregory), Celia Johnson (Jenny Gregory), Margaret Leighton (Margaret Gregory), Denholm Elliott (Michael Gregory)
Similar movies  Margaret Leighton appears in The Holly and the Ivy and The Winslow Boy

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The Holly and the Ivy is a 1952 British drama film directed by George More O'Ferrall and produced by Anatole de Grunwald. Adapted from a play by Wynyard Browne, it is about an English clergyman whose neglect of his grown offspring, in his zeal to tend to his parishioners, comes to the surface at a Christmas family gathering. Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, and Margaret Leighton star, while Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delany reprised their roles from the stage. It had its U.S release in 1954.


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  • Ralph Richardson as Reverend Martin Gregory
  • Celia Johnson as Jenny Gregory
  • Margaret Leighton as Margaret Gregory
  • Denholm Elliott as Michael Gregory
  • Hugh Williams as Richard Wyndham
  • John Gregson as David Patterson
  • Margaret Halstan as Aunt Lydia
  • Maureen Delany as Aunt Bridget
  • William Hartnell as Company Sergeant Major
  • Robert Flemyng as Major
  • Roland Culver as Lord B.
  • Criticism

    "Russian screen writer Anatole de Grunwald imbues this poignant adaptation of Wynward Browne's West End stage hit with Chekhov's spirit and relocates the Russian's genius for deftly drawn characters to a rambling Norfolk parsonage on Christmas Eve. Apart from a few introductory scenes in the capital, director George More O'Ferrall does little to hide the story's stage origins. But the family's confinement in a remote, snowy village reinforces the sense of detachment that Richardson's offspring have mistakenly imposed upon him and allows the screenplay to focus on such Chekhovian themes as the vagaries of emotion, the agony of disillusion, the breakdown of communication and the desecration of authority. The performances and clipped enunciation may seem antiquated to those reared on the kitchen sink realism that was about to transform British filmmaking. But to austerity audiences, a clergyman accepting his daughter drowning her sorrows [in alcohol] after personal tragedy would have seemed daring in both its honesty and its humanism. So while The Holly and The Ivy now radiates a nostalgic glow, it is actually a revealing record of a country on the cusp of the dramatic social, economic and cultural change that has, sadly, made faith, fidelity and family feel like relics of a distant past."


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