Climbing High

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Climbing High
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Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by Marion Dix
Sonnie Hale
Lesser Samuels
Starring Jessie Matthews
Michael Redgrave
Noel Madison
Margaret Vyner
Alastair Sim
Music by Louis Levy
Cinematography Mutz Greenbaum
Edited by Al Barnes
Michael Gordon
Distributed by MGM(UK)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(USA)
Release date
November 1938 (UK)
1 December 1938 (USA)
19 October 1942 (Sweden)
Running time
78 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Climbing High is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Carol Reed and produced by Michael Balcon with a screenplay by Sonnie Hale, Marion Dix and Lesser Samuels. It stars Jessie Matthews, Michael Redgrave, Noel Madison, Margaret Vyner and Alistair Sim, and was first released in the U.K. in November 1938.[1]


Nicky Brooke (Michael Redgrave) a wealthy young man who despite his engagement to the aristocratic (and broke) Lady Constance Westaker (Margaret Vyner) falls for hard-up model Diana Castles ( Jessie Matthews) after nearly running her over with his car. In an effort to distance himself from 'tabloid' created tales of his playboy lifestyle, he changes his name and attempts to woo Diana by pretending to be poor.



Climbing High was filmed at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire by Gaumont British Picture Corporation.[4][5]


Writing for Allmovie Bruce Eder considered Climbing High to be one of Jessie Matthews best vehicles which he noted was: " a surprising result considering it is devoid of the musical numbers that one would have expected from one of England's top dancing and singing talents of the period. What it has is a brilliantly piercing witty script ... superbly engaging acting performances by all concerned and superb pacing." Eder further noted that " Carol Reed was only 3 years into his career ... and was already one of the top comedy directors in England." He concluded that Climbing High was " one of the most entertaining British comedies of the period with some piercing topical humour (especially about the advertising business and political activism) that still holds today."[6]


  1. ^ "Climbing High (1938) - Carol Reed - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Climbing High". 1 December 1938. Retrieved 19 July 2016 – via IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Climbing High (1939) | BFI". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  4. ^ Reed, Carol (1938-12-01), Climbing High, retrieved 2016-07-19 
  5. ^ Halliwell, Leslie (1987). Halliwell's Film Guide (6th Edition). U.K.: Grafton Books. p. 200. ISBN 0-246-13207-8. 
  6. ^ "Climbing High (1938) - Carol Reed | Review | AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 

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