29 Acacia Avenue

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29 Acacia Avenue
"29 Acacia Avenue" (1945).jpg
Directed by Henry Cass
Produced by Sydney Box
Written by Denis and Mabel Constanduros (play)
Muriel and Sydney Box (screenplay)
Starring Gordon Harker
Betty Balfour
Jimmy Hanley
Hubert Gregg
Jill Evans
Henry Kendall
Dinah Sheridan
Megs Jenkins
Noele Gordon
Guy Middleton
Music by Muir Mathieson (musical director)
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Robert Huke
Edited by Julian Wintle
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation (United Kingdom)
Oxford Films (United States)
Release date
  • May 1945 (1945-05) (UK)
  • 30 October 1949 (1949-10-30) (USA)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £30,000[1] or £45,000[2]

29 Acacia Avenue is a play by Denis and Mabel Constanduros,[3] and also its 1945 British comedy-drama film adaptation, directed by Henry Cass[4] and released in the U.S. as The Facts of Love.[5]

Plot[edit]

Peter Robinson falls in love with the naïve country girl Fay and the worldly, wealthy and already-married Joan, and lives with them both (and Joan's husband) at his parents' house. However, one day Peter's parents unexpectedly return from holiday, and all hell breaks loose.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "one of the few low-budget British programmers to enjoy a reasonably widespread American release...The film weaves three separate romantic subplots into an entertaining unified whole";[6] though Sky Movies called the film "one wartime West End success that didn't transfer too well to screen, ending up embarrassingly stagey";[7] but the Radio Times thought that although the film "fails to fully disguise its theatrical origins...it nevertheless makes for pleasant period entertainment, with particularly likeable performances from British veterans Gordon Harker and Betty Balfour as the parents." [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoffrey Macnab, J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry, London, Routledge (1993), p119
  2. ^ Andrew Spicer, The Lion That Lost Its Way and Other Cautionary Tales of the Show Business Jungle: the autobiography of Sydney Box
  3. ^ Constanduros, Mabel; Constanduros, Denis (1944). Acacia Avenue: A Comedy in Three Acts (French's acting ed.). London: French. 
  4. ^ Drazin, Charles (1998). The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s. London: Andre Deutsch. p. 206. ISBN 9780233989853. 
  5. ^ "29, Acacia Avenue". BFI. 
  6. ^ "Facts of Love (1945) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  7. ^ "29 Acacia Avenue". Find and Watch. 
  8. ^ Tony Sloman. "29 Acacia Avenue". RadioTimes. 

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