All for Mary

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All for Mary
All for Mary FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Wendy Toye
Produced by J. Arthur Rank
Paul Soskin
Written by Peter Blackmore
Paul Soskin
Alan Melville (additional dialogue)
Based on the play All for Mary
by Harold Brocke & Kay Bannerman
Starring Nigel Patrick
Kathleen Harrison
David Tomlinson
Jill Day
Music by Robert Farnon
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 21 December 1955 (1955-12-21)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

All for Mary is a 1955 British comedy film brought to the screen by Paul Soskin Productions for The Rank Organisation. It was based on a successful West End play by the English husband and wife team of Kay Bannerman and Harold Brooke.[1] It was directed by Wendy Toye, produced by Paul Soskin with the screenplay by Paul Soskin and Peter Blackmore. It starred Nigel Patrick, David Tomlinson, Jill Day and Kathleen Harrison. Eastmancolor Cinematography was by Reginald H. Wyer.[2][3][4]


Filmed on location in Switzerland the story concerns two young bachelors taking separate skiing holidays at the same resort. Clive Morton (Nigel Patrick) and "Humpy" Miller (David Tomlinson) have nothing whatsoever in common—except for one thing, both men fall for the hotel proprietor's daughter Mary (Jill Day). As the story progresses Clive, a debonair soldier and sportsman gets quickly into his stride as poor "Humpy" a clumsy, incongruous fellow looks on dumbly.

However, "Humpy" has a secret weapon, Miss Cartwright (Kathleen Harrison) his former nanny who arrives just as the pair are quarantined in the hotel attic after contracting measles. Quickly realising Humpy's predicament she skillfully arranges for the removal of the opposition, leaving the way clear for "Humpy".


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote, "This tired old formula is given the standard British treatment, resulting in an enjoyable, but far from classic comedy."[5]

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