Banana Ridge (film)
|Directed by||Walter C. Mycroft|
|Produced by||Walter C. Mycroft|
|Written by||Ben Travers (play)
Walter C. Mycroft
|Music by||Harry Acres
|Edited by||Flora Newton|
|Distributed by||Associated British Picture Corporation|
|20 April 1942|
Banana Ridge is a 1942 British comedy film directed by Walter C. Mycroft and starring Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton and Isabel Jeans. The film is based on a 1938 stage play of the same name by Ben Travers. It was made at Welwyn Studios. Michael Denison accompanied his wife Dulcie Gray for her screen test for the film, which led some years later to his casting in his breakthrough role in My Brother Jonathan. The film was a success at the box office. Hare and Drayton appeared together in another comedy Women Aren't Angels the following year.
Two colleagues come to worry that a mysterious young man may be their son from liaisons with the same woman during the First World War. They are persuaded to give him a job at "Banana Ridge" one of the company's rubber plantations in the Malay States. The young man's romance with the bosses' daughter threatens this plan, as does his mother's plan to reveal who is his real father.
- Robertson Hare as Willoughby Pink
- Alfred Drayton as Digby Pound
- Isabel Jeans as Sue Long
- Nova Pilbeam as Cora Pound
- Adele Dixon as Mrs Ellie Pound
- Valentine Dunn as Mrs Pink
- Stewart Rome as Sir Ramsey Flight
- John Stuart as Chief Police Officer Staples
- Audrey Boyes as Typist
- Patrick Kinsella as Jonesy
- Basil Lynn as Mason
- Gordon McLeod as Mr. Tope
- Mignon O'Doherty as Mrs. Bingley
- Ley On as Chinese 'Boy'
- Wally Patch as Police Officer
- Lloyd Pearson as Mr. Bingley
- Charles Stewart as Dance Instructor
- Dulcie Gray as Bit Part
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