Cardboard Cavalier

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Cardboard Cavalier
Cardboard Cavalier (1949 film).jpg
Directed by Walter Forde
Produced by Walter Forde
Culley Forde
Written by Noel Langley
Starring Sid Field
Margaret Lockwood
Jerry Desmonde
Music by Lambert Williamson
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Alan Jaggs
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
29 March 1949
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Cardboard Cavalier is a 1949 British historical comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Sid Field, Margaret Lockwood and Jerry Desmonde.[1] The film depicts a historical romance between Lord Lovelace and Nell Gwyne.

It was the last film for Forde and Field.


During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, barrow boy Sidcup Buttermeadow is unknowingly used as a spy by the exiled Charles II to pass on a message.



The film was part of an ambitious production programme from J. Arthur Rank to meet an increased quota for British films. His intent was to make 60 over 12 months.[2] Sid Field's casting was announced in June 1948.[3]

Pat Roc was meant to play the role of Nell Gwynn but reportedly turned it down and was replaced by Margaret Lockwood.[4] Field's son was born during filming on 5 August.[5]

It was made at Denham Studios. Production of the film was interrupted by a strike from crew members in protest over recent sackings of film workers.[6]

Filming ended in January 1949.[7]


The film was a critical and box office disappointment.

"I was terribly distressed when I read the press notices of the film", wrote Lockwood.[8]

The film was banned in Syria.[9]


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  2. ^ "SIXTY NEW BRITISH FILMS: Programme for Year Beginning October". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, Scotland. 10 June 1948. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Of Local Origin". New York Times. 23 June 1948. p. 32. 
  4. ^ "Talking of TALKIES". Truth (2515). Queensland, Australia. 6 June 1948. p. 20. Retrieved 30 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Rank studios close for holidays". The Mail. 37 (1,892). Adelaide. 4 September 1948. p. 3 (SUNDAY MAGAZINE). Retrieved 30 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "FILM STRIKE.". The Sunday Times. Perth. 31 October 1948. p. 12 Section: The Sunday Times Sporting Section. Retrieved 4 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "SCREEN AND ITS STARS". Warwick Daily News (9177). Queensland, Australia. 3 January 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 30 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ Margaret Lockwood, "Was I Difficult?", Picturegoer, 22 April 1950 p 15
  9. ^ "Syria Bans British Film". The Mercury. CLXXIII (25,606). Tasmania. 15 January 1953. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 

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