Release dateJanuary 1954 (UK) Based onstory by Charles Neilson-Terry and Zelma Bramley Moore WriterCharles Neilson-Terry (story), Zelma Bramley Moore (story), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Monja Danischewsky (additional dialogue and scenes) CastDavid Niven (Rex Allerton), Peggy Cummins (Sally), Herbert Lom (André Amico), Anne Vernon (Sally), Charles Victor (Jennings), Gordon Jackson (Ralph) Similar moviesBirdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Aladdin, Entourage, The Jungle Book
TaglineTen million women wanted Hollywood's top star on a string...But the lucky ticket-holder had his wedding night wrapped up!
The love lottery 1954 directed charles crichton with anne vernon
The Love Lottery is a 1954 Ealing Studios comedy film, directed by Charles Crichton and starring David Niven. The film examines celebrity and fan worship with an international setting including Lake Como, ambitious dream sequences, and an uncredited cameo appearance at the end by Humphrey Bogart as himself.
A celluloid heart-throb, who is haunted by dreams and hounded by fans, is coerced into taking part in a lottery to find a wife.
David Niven as Rex Allerton
Peggy Cummins as Sally
Anne Vernon as Jane Dubois
Herbert Lom as André Amico
Charles Victor as Jennings
Gordon Jackson as Ralph
Felix Aylmer as Winant
Hugh McDermott as Rodney Wheeler
Stanley Maxted as Oliver Stanton
June Clyde as Viola
John Chandos as Gulliver Kee, Chinaman
Theodore Bikel as Parsimonious
Sebastian Cabot as Suarez
Eugene Deckers as Vernet
Nelly Arno as the Russian woman
The film was first shown at the Regent Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand on 21 January 1954, as a royal performance during the New Zealand visit by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The UK premiere was at the Gaumont Haymarket in London on 30 January 1954.
The reviewer for The Times expressed mixed views after the UK premiere: "The construction of The Love Letter is deplorably weak ... and Mr. Charles Crichton, who directs the film for Ealing Studios, is left to make what he can of an idea which could branch out in a number of directions. ... Yet, even if catches are dropped, there is much in The Love Letter which beguiles and entertains, The satire at the expense on film publicity methods and of the mentality of the film-fan is, in the Ealing tradition, so mild that a writer such as Mr. Clifford Odets would not recognize that it was there, but it is there, nevertheless, and it scores some palpable, if gentle, hits."
Many years later, the US edition of the TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it a "clever British satire on the Hollywood star system."