Brandy for the Parson

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Brandy for the Parson
"Brandy for the Parson" (1952).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by John Eldridge
Written by Walter Meade
John Dighton
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes & dialogue)
Based on story Brandy for the Parson by Geoffrey Household
Starring James Donald
Kenneth More
Jean Lodge
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Martin Curtis
Edited by John Trumper
Group 3
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
20 May 1952 (London) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1] It was based on a short story by Geoffrey Household from Tales of Adventurers (1952).[2] The title is a reference to the refrain of the poem "A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling.[3]


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.[4]

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Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie called it "wafer-thin comedy"; [5] and The New York Times called it "a mild but tasty distillate." [6] 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".[7]


  1. ^ "Brandy for the Parson (1952)". BFI. 
  2. ^ Louis XIV, the Sun King (Nick Jones). "Existential Ennui: Tales of Adventurers: Short Stories by Geoffrey Household (Michael Joseph First Edition, 1952)". 
  3. ^ "Poems - A Smuggler's Song". 
  4. ^ howardmorley (16 August 1952). "Brandy for the Parson (1952)". IMDb. 
  5. ^ Hal Erickson. "Brandy for the Parson (1952) - John Eldridge - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
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  7. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 116.

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