For Better, for Worse (1954 film)

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For Better, for Worse
"For Better for Worse" (1954).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Kenneth Harper
Written by J. Lee Thompson
Peter Myers
Based on play by Arthur Watkyn
Starring Dirk Bogarde
Music by Angela Morley (as Wally Stott)
Cinematography Guy Green
Edited by Peter Taylor
Kenwood Productions
Distributed by Associated British-Pathe
Release date
  • 20 June 1955 (1955-06-20)
Running time
85 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £206,736 (UK)[1]

For Better, for Worse is a 1954 British comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It was based on Arthur Watkyn's play which had run for over 500 performances in the West End starring Leslie Phillips and Geraldine McEwan.[2][3]

It was also known as Cocktails in the Kitchen.


A young couple (Dirk Bogarde and Susan Stephen) decide to get married.


Critical reception[edit]

Sky Movies noted "Arthur Watkyn's famous stage success has proved successful material for drama societies up and down the land - but still comes up like new in this bright little film version...Warm, human and charmingly funny domestic comedy, dressed up as fresh as paint by the colour camerawork." [4]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p504
  2. ^ "SPOTLIGHT ON THE STARS.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 29 April 1954. p. 24. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "For Better. For Worse | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ "For Better, For Worse - Sky Movies HD". 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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