Brandy for the Parson
|Brandy for the Parson|
British theatrical poster
|Directed by||John Eldridge|
|Written by||Walter Meade
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes & dialogue)
|Based on||story Brandy for the Parson by Geoffrey Household|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Edited by||John Trumper|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)|
|20 May 1952 (London) (UK)|
Brandy for the Parson is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Eldridge and starring Kenneth More, Charles Hawtrey, James Donald and Jean Lodge. It was based on a short story by Geoffrey Household from Tales of Adventurers (1952). The title is a reference to the refrain of the poem "A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling.
Bill and Petronilla are a young couple on a yachting holiday. They agree to give a lift to friendly Tony and his cargo, who unbeknownst to them is a brandy smuggler. Before they know it, the couple are fleeing cross-country, chased by customs men.
- James Donald - Bill Harper
- Kenneth More - Tony Rackham
- Jean Lodge - Petronilla Brand
- Frederick Piper - Customs inspector
- Charles Hawtrey - George Crumb
- Michael Trubshawe - Redworth
- Alfie Bass - Dallyn
- Wilfrid Caithness - Mr. Minch
- Lionel Harris - Mr. Frost
- Richard Molinas - Massaud
- Reginald Beckwith - Scoutmaster
- Stanley Lemin - Customs officer
- Arthur Wontner - Major Glockleigh
- Frank Tickle - Vicar
- Amy Dalby - Postmistress
- Wensley Pithey - Circus Owner
- Sam Kydd - Lorry driver
Allmovie called it "wafer-thin comedy";  and The New York Times called it "a mild but tasty distillate."  Picture Show magazine found it "well acted against a delightful background of English scenery, beautifully photographed", and the film's executive producer John Grierson described it as "a sweet lemon of a picture" with a feel of "old oak and seaweed".
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- Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 116.
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