Dear Octopus (film)

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Dear Octopus
"Dear Octopus" (1943 film).jpg
Directed by Harold French
Produced by Edward Black
Written by Patrick Kirwan
R.J. Minney
Esther McCracken (adaptation)
Based on the play by Dodie Smith
Starring Margaret Lockwood
Michael Wilding
Celia Johnson
Music by Hubert Bath
Cinematography Arthur Crabtree
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Production
company
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 20 September 1943 (1943-09-20) (UK)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Dear Octopus is a 1943 British comedy film directed by Harold French and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Wilding and Celia Johnson.[1] It is based on a 1938 play Dear Octopus written by Dodie Smith. It was also released as The Randolph Family.

Plot[edit]

Well-to-do couple Dora and Charles Randolph are celebrating their golden wedding, and three generations meet at the Randolph country home. As the relatives gather, each reveals his or her personal quirks and shortcomings. Caught in the middle is family secretary Penny Fenton (Margaret Lockwood), who has the unenviable task of sorting and smoothing out the family's deep-set hostilities and jealousies so that a good time can be had by all.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide described the film as a "routine English comedy of manners", but added, "it has its moments";[4] while Allmovie wrote "the film is variations on a single theme, albeit consistently amusing ones."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dear Octopus". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Dear Octopus". BFI. 
  3. ^ "The Randolph Family (1943) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  4. ^ "The Randolph Family". TV Guide. 
  5. ^ "The Randolph Family (1943) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 

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