The Little Hut
|The Little Hut|
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)
|Release date(s)||May 3, 1957|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Box office||$3.6 million|
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.
- Ava Gardner as Lady Susan Ashlow
- Stewart Granger as Sir Philip Ashlow
- David Niven as Henry Brittingham-Brett
- Walter Chiari as Mario
- Finlay Currie as The Reverend Bertram Brittingham-Brett
- Jean Cadell as Mrs. Hermione Brittingham-Brett
- Jack Lambert as Captain MacWalt
- Henry Oscar as Mr. Trollope
- Viola Lyel as Miss Edwards
- Jaron Yaltan as Indian Gentleman
- Richard Wattis as Official
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, 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) at the Lyric Theatre before being made into the film.
According to MGM records the film earned $2,085,000 in North America and $1,515,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $340,000.
Notes and references
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Windsor Theatre Programme Note May 2010
- Lyric Theatre Information
- Greenwich Theatre Information