Raising a Riot

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Raising a Riot
Directed by Wendy Toye
Written by Ian Dalrymple
Hugh Perceval
Based on novel by Alfred Toombs
Starring Kenneth More
Release dates
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £231,148 (UK)[1]

Raising a Riot is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Wendy Toye and starring Kenneth More, Shelagh Fraser and Mandy Miller about a naval officer who attempts to look after his three children in his wife's absence.[2][3]


Commander Peter Kent of the Royal Navy and his wife May have three children, ranging form five to eleven years: Peter, Anne and Fusty. Kent comes home after three years abroad with no idea how to handle the children. When Mary has to fly to Canada, Peter takes his children to his father's new country home, which turns out to be a windmill. They end up clashing with an American family in the neighbourhood.



The movie was based on a book by American writer Alfred Toombs. The book was based on Toombs' real life experience of having to look after his children after having been away from them at war for three years.[4]


The film was the eighth most popular movie at the British box office in 1955.[5]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p506
  2. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/47726
  3. ^ "Family comedy.". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 21 March 1956. p. 47. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "The amusing story of a young father who takes on family housekeeping "RAISING A RIOT".". Western Mail (Perth: National Library of Australia). 28 May 1952. p. 13. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  5. ^ 'Dirk Bogarde favourite film actor', The Irish Times (1921-Current File) [Dublin, Ireland] 29 Dec 1955: 9.

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