The Good Companions (1933 film)

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The Good Companions
"The Good Companions" (1933 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Victor Saville
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by Ian Dalrymple
Edward Knoblock
W. P. Lipscomb
Angus MacPhail
J. B. Priestley
Edmund Gwenn (uncredited)
Starring Jessie Matthews
John Gielgud
Cinematography Bernard Knowles
Edited by Fredrick Y. Smith
Distributed by Ideal
Release date
  • 28 February 1933 (1933-02-28)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Good Companions is a 1933 British comedy film directed by Victor Saville starring Jessie Matthews and John Gielgud. It was based on the novel of the same name by J.B. Priestley.


A group of widely divergent characters meet up with a broken-down touring concert-party, throw in their lot with them, and eventually triumph after temporary setbacks.[1] This British musical-comedy follows an unlikely trio as they try to revive the fortunes of the floundering theatrical troupe. School teacher Inigo Jolifant (John Gielgud)[2] with his talent for songwriting, and recently unemployed Jess Oakroyd (Edmund Gwenn) with his theatrical ambitions, together persuade Miss Trant (Mary Glynne), an older single woman looking for adventure, to fund them as they attempt to bring "The Dinky Doos" back into the spotlight. Susie Dean (Jessie Matthews) is a chorus girl who dreams of stardom, and when she's made the new leader of the show, it looks as if her dreams may finally come true.[3]

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  1. ^ "The Good Companions | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "New York Times: The Good Companions". NY Times. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "The-Good-Companions - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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