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Director  John Paddy Carstairs
Genre  Comedy
5.2/10 IMDb

Initial release  February 1953
Running time  1h 12m
Art director  Maurice Carter
Writer  Leslie Arliss, John Paddy Carstairs, Sid Colin (additional dialogue), Marriott Edgar, Val Guest, Anthony Kimmins (story), Patrick Kirwan, Ted Willis
Similar movies  Related John Paddy Carstairs movies

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Top of the Form is a 1953 British comedy film by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley and Harry Fowler. The film draws inspiration from Will Hay's 1937 classic Good Morning, Boys.

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It was made at Pinewood Studios. The film earned billings of ₤143,000.

Plot summary

This story explores a bookmaker Ronnie Fortescue (Ronald Shiner), who becomes headmaster of a boys' school, and of his and his pupil's adventures in passing examinations and on a subsequent free trip to Paris. Once in Paris, headmaster and pupils become embroiled in gambling casinos, and in a plot to steal the French Crown Jewels.

Cast

  • Ronald Shiner as Professor Ronnie Fortescue
  • Anthony Newley as Percy
  • Harry Fowler as Albert
  • Jacqueline Pierreux as Yvette
  • Alfie Bass as Arty Jones
  • Mary Jerrold as Mrs. Bagshot
  • Richard Wattis as Willoughby Gore
  • Howard Marion-Crawford as Dickson
  • Roland Curram as Terence
  • Terence Mitchell as Clarence
  • Gerald Campion as Pugley
  • Oscar Quitak as Septimus
  • Kynaston Reeves as The Dean
  • Martin Benson as Cliquet
  • Critical reception

    The Radio Times called it a "misfiring Ronald Shiner vehicle...Less amusing than (Will) Hay's St Michael's outings and less anarchic than the St Trinian's romps, this efficient but underwhelming caper is all too typical of its director, John Paddy Carstairs": whereas TV Guide hailed "An entertaining comedy."

    References

    Top of the Form (film) Wikipedia
    Top of the Form (film) IMDb


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