Nearest and Dearest (1972 film)
|Nearest and Dearest|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||John Robins|
|Produced by||Michael Carreras|
|Written by||Roy Bottomley
|Music by||Derek Hilton|
|Edited by||Chris Barnes|
|Distributed by||Anglo-EMI (UK)|
Nearest and Dearest is a 1972 British comedy film starring Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel as feuding brother and sister Nellie and Eli Pledge, owners of "Pledges Purer Pickles". A spin-off from the long running TV sitcom of the same name, it was produced by Hammer Films in conjunction with a film making arm of Granada TV. As well as starring in the film, Hylda Baker also sings the title theme song. Despite the popularity of the TV series, the film version failed to match that success at the box office.
On their father's death, Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit a pickle factory in Colne, in the north of England. The warring siblings struggle to keep the decrepit "Pledge's Purer Pickles" afloat, hampered by severe lack of funds, zero business acumen and by having inherited a workforce that is a decade beyond retirement age. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes, gambling and women.The annual Summer holiday is soon upon them and the entire factory is closed down. Nellie takes Eli to a Blackpool boarding house run by landlady Mrs. Rowbottom, whose eyes light upon bachelor Eli. Eli though, only has eyes for the younger Freda. Complications ensue when Eli, Nellie, Mrs. Rowbottom and Freda all try to gain control of the factory, causing ensuing farcical mishaps. Eli's attempts to further his financial ambitions by marrying off Nellie to a colleague in the pickling business are challenged when Vernon Smallpiece is snatched from the altar by bailiffs for non-payment of his debts.
- Nellie Pledge ...Hylda Baker
- Eli Pledge ... Jimmy Jewel
- Stan ...Joe Gladwin
- Walter ...Edward Malin
- Lily ...Madge Hindle
- Vernon Smallpiece...Norman Mitchell
- Freda...Pat Ashton
- Bert...Bert Palmer
- Court bailiff ...Peter Madden
- Man on bus ...Norman Chappell
- Mrs Rowbottom ...Yootha Joyce
- Joshua Pledge ...John Barrett
- Club Hostess ...Carmel Cryan
- Scarlet O'Hara ...Sue Hammer
- Vinegar Vera ...Janie Collinge
- Vicar ... Donald Bisset
- Claude ...Kerry Jewel
- Mimi la Vere (stripper) ... Adele Warren
- Bouncer ... Nosher Powell
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