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Director  Charles Crichton
Music director  Benjamin Frankel
Language  English
5.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Production  Ealing Studios
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  January 1954 (UK)
Based on  story by Charles Neilson-Terry and Zelma Bramley Moore
Writer  Charles Neilson-Terry (story), Zelma Bramley Moore (story), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Monja Danischewsky (additional dialogue and scenes)
Cast  David Niven (Rex Allerton), Peggy Cummins (Sally), Herbert Lom (AndrĂ© Amico), Anne Vernon (Sally), Charles Victor (Jennings), Gordon Jackson (Ralph)
Similar movies  Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Aladdin, Entourage, The Jungle Book
Tagline  Ten 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.


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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 AndrĂ© 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
  • Release

    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.

    Critical reception

    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."


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