The Perfect Woman

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The Perfect Woman
The Perfect Woman FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Produced by Alfred Black
George Black
Written by George Black
Bernard Knowles
add. dialogue
Basil Boothroyd
Based on play by Wallace Geoffrey
Basil Mitchell
Starring Patricia Roc
Stanley Holloway
Nigel Patrick
Miles Malleson
Music by Arthur Wilkinson
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Peter Graham Scott
Production
company
Distributed by General Film Distributors - UK
Eagle Lion (UK)
Release date
1949 (UK)
1951 (US)
Running time
87m 42s (UK).
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £100,000[1]

The Perfect Woman is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Bernard Knowles and written by George Black, Jr and J. B. Boothroyd, based upon a play by Wallace Geoffrey and Basil Mitchell. The screenplay concerns a scientist who creates a woman in his lab.

Plot[edit]

Professor Ernest Belman creates a woman in his lab.

Cast[edit]

Original Play[edit]

The original play debuted on 11 September 1948 and ran for 224 performances.[2]

Production[edit]

Producers George and Alfred Black were sons of a famous producer.[3]

Roc made the film after spending several months in Paris, where she made Retour and The Man in the Eiffel Tower.[4] Roc was under contract to J. Arthur Rank at the time.[5] Filming took place in January 1949. The film was shot in 38 days at only three-quarters of its budgeted cost.[6]

Pamela Devis was cast as the robot because of her resemblance to Roc.[7]

Reception[edit]

Roc left the Rank organisation before the film was released. The film was released on a double bill, and given a West End screening.[8] However it proved popular and made a profit.[1]

Two Cities' executive producer Earl St John hoped to reunited Holloway, Patrick and Roc for a sequel, The Perfect Man.[9] However no film resulted.

Television version[edit]

The BBC broadcast a live adaptation of the Geoffrey and Mitchell play in the Sunday Night theatre slot on 6 May 1956.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "THE STARRY WAY". The Courier-mail (3961). Queensland, Australia. 6 August 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Wearing, J. P. The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. 
  3. ^ "[?]ME SUGGESTIONS FOR SWEETS". The Argus (Melbourne) (31,955). Victoria, Australia. 1 February 1949. p. 3 (The Argus Woman's Magazine). Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Margaret aylurards BRITISH FILMS". The Sun (2385). New South Wales, Australia. 26 December 1948. p. 21. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "MOVIE NEWS AND GOSSIP". Truth (3078). New South Wales, Australia. 16 January 1949. p. 38. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "BRITISH STUDIOS BELIEVE IN SPEED". Mirror. 26, (1395). Western Australia. 12 February 1949. p. 15. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Screen Gossip: "Harvest From The Wilderness"". Warwick Daily News (9231). Queensland, Australia. 7 March 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "ENGLISH ACTOR SECURES PLUM ROLE IN U.S. FILM". Truth (3097). New South Wales, Australia. 29 May 1949. p. 43. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "Perfect Sequel?". Weekly Times (4186). Victoria, Australia. 14 September 1949. p. 82. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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