The Little Hut

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The Little Hut
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by Mark Robson
F. Hugh Herbert
Written by F. Hugh Herbert
Based on Nancy Mitford
André Roussin (play)
Carles Soldevila (play and story, uncredited)
Starring Ava Gardner
Stewart Granger
David Niven
Cinematography Freddie Young
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates May 3, 1957 (1957-05-03)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $1,662,000[1]
Box office $3.6 million[1]

The Little Hut is a 1957 British-American romantic comedy film made by MGM. It was directed by Mark Robson, produced by Mark Robson and F. Hugh Herbert, from a screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, adapted by Nancy Mitford from the play La petite hutte by André Roussin.


Sir Philip Ashlow (Stewart Granger), his neglected wife, Lady Ashlow (Ava Gardner) and his best friend Henry Brittingham-Brett (David Niven) are shipwrecked on a desert island. This potential ménage à trois where the two men compete for the lady's attention is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a fourth inhabitant of the island.



The script of The Little Hut was written by the French writer André Roussin, based on his own play La petite hutte (1947). Both play and script are based on another play in Catalan,[2] written by the novelist and playwright Carles Soldevila (1892–1967): Civilitzats tanmateix (Nevertheless civilized) (1921). This play was known in France through a translation by Adolphe de Faigairolle and Francesc Presas, published in 1927 in the magazine Candide.

The play ran for over 1500 performances in Paris, was translated into English by Nancy Mitford and ran for three years in the West End, starting in 1950 with Robert Morley and David Tomlinson (with Roger Moore as their understudy)[2] at the Lyric Theatre[3] before being made into the film.[4]

The film was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome.

In 2010 the play was revived starring Aden Gillett and Janie Dee[4]


According to MGM records the film earned $2,085,000 in North America and $1,515,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $340,000.

It did not perform well at the French box office with admissions of only 591,767.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ a b Windsor Theatre Programme Note May 2010
  3. ^ Lyric Theatre Information
  4. ^ a b Greenwich Theatre Information
  5. ^ Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story

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