The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp

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The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp
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Directed by Alan Bromly
Written by Sidney Cole
Charles Terrot
Based on the novel & TV play by Charles Terrot
Starring Felix Aylmer
Diane Cilento
Jerry Desmonde
Music by Antony Hopkins
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by John Merritt
Group 3
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 9 September 1954 (1954-09-09) (London)
  • UK (UK)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp is a 1954[1] British black and white part-fantasy comedy film directed by Alan Bromly and starring Felix Aylmer as a second hand store owner, and Diane Cilento as the Angel. The film was based on a novel by Charles Terrot and is a remake of a television play written by him and broadcast in 1951.[2][3][4][5][6]


A beautiful blonde angel arrives in Islington on a goodwill mission to soften the heart of pawnbroker Joshua Webman. To raise money for her mission she pawns her harp at a second hand store. Bringing out the best in the people she meets, she shows them the path down where their happiness lies.


Critical reception[edit]

Leonard Maltin dismissed the film as "Slight, forgettable fare";[7] Allmovie called it "disposable";[8] whereas TV Guide noted a "Well-made, charming British picture with the standard seriocomic blend of 1950s English films."[9] and Sky Movies praised Diane Cilento, "charm itself as the Angel," and appreciated a "whimsical Ealing-style comedy which keeps its feet firmly on the ground, spreading chuckles instead of sentiment and providing polished frolics in the process. Felix Aylmer - brilliant as the hard-bitten pawnbroker - Jerry Desmonde, Alfie Bass and a first-rate supporting cast help to put a high gloss on these heavenly capers";[10]


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