Room for Two

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Room for Two
"Room for Two" (1940).jpg
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by Victor Katona
Written by Victor Katona
Gilbert Wakefield
Katherine Strueby
Based on play by Gilbert Wakefield
Starring Frances Day
Vic Oliver
Greta Gynt
Basil Radford
Cinematography Bryan Langley
Edited by Sidney Stone
Victor Katona Productions
Distributed by Grand National Pictures
Release date
19 October 1940
Running time
77 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Room for Two is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Frances Day, Vic Oliver and Greta Gynt.[1] The film was written by Gilbert Wakefield, based on his 1938 stage farce.[2][3] The film's Italian setting was overtaken by events, as by the time of its release Fascist Italy had entered the Second World War against Britain.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

The story takes place in Venice, where a womanising Englishman Vic Oliver takes a strong interest in a married tourist who is played by Frances Day. Oliver disguises himself in drag and gets himself hired as the Days' maid. When Day's philandering husband, played by Basil Radford, shows up, the fun starts.


Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "when Day's philandering hubby Basil Radford comes home, the laughs start rolling in."[3]


  1. ^ "Room for Two (1940)". BFI.
  2. ^ "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film".
  3. ^ a b Hal Erickson. "Room for Two (1940) - Maurice Elvey - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ Chibnall & MacFarlane p.3-4


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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