The Final Test
|The Final Test|
|Directed by||Anthony Asquith|
|Written by||Terence Rattigan|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
The Final Test is a 1953 British sports film written by Terence Rattigan, directed by Anthony Asquith, and starring Jack Warner, Robert Morley, George Relph and Ray Jackson. A number of leading cricketers also appear including Denis Compton, Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook. The film was produced by R J Minney for Act Films Ltd.
The film is a comedy drama, set around leading cricketer Sam Palmer's last appearance for England. He desperately wants his son to be there at The Oval to witness this, but the son is more concerned with meeting a leading poet Alexander Whitehead. Whitehead, it turns out, is more interested in cricket. Whitehead takes Reggie along to the match, in time to see Sam get out for a duck.
- Jack Warner as Sam Palmer
- Robert Morley as Alexander Whitehead
- George Relph as Syd Thompson
- Adrianne Allen as Aunt Ethel
- Ray Jackson as Reggie Palmer
- Brenda Bruce as Cora
- Stanley Maxted as Senator
- Joan Swinstead as Miss Fanshawe
- John Glyn-Jones as Mr. Willis
The writer Terence Rattigan was an excellent cricketer in his school days. He played opening batsman for the Harrow Eleven, often in partnership with Victor Rothschild, and in 1929 he represented Harrow at Lord's in the annual match against Eton College. He originally wrote The Final Test as a television play in 1951, partly as a tribute to Sir Donald Bradman, who was out for a duck in his final test in 1948. That production was directed by Royston Morley and also starred Jack Warner.
As with almost all of Rattigan's plays, the theme of the relationship between father and son, and the tension between parental expectations and the son's driving force leading him in different directions, is explored.
It was filmed in 1953, directed by Anthony Asquith.
- The Final Test at the Internet Movie Database
- Action! Fifty Years in the Life of a Union. Published: 1983 (UK). Publisher: ACTT. ISBN 0 9508993 0 5. ACT Films Limited - Ralph Bond p81 (producer listed as R J Minney) - "ACT Films was, of course, anxious to make more first features with bigger budgets and more shooting time. The opportunity came in 1952 when Terence Rattigan offered us his script for The Final Test..."