The Rainbow Jacket

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The Rainbow Jacket
"The Rainbow Jacket" (1954).jpg
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Relph
Written by T.E.B. Clarke
Starring Kay Walsh
Bill Owen
Edward Underdown
Robert Morley
Honor Blackman
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Jack Harris
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release dates
May 1954 (UK)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Rainbow Jacket is a 1954 British Ealing Studios drama film, produced by Michael Relph, directed by Basil Dearden, and featuring Robert Morley, Kay Walsh, Bill Owen, Honor Blackman and Sid James.[1][2]


A champion jockey, having forfeited his own career by taking a bribe, takes a young rider under his wing. [3]


Critical reception[edit]

Sixty years after the premiere, TV Guide felt that "a trite outcome mars this fairly entertaining film, which features real-life British racing figures Raymond Glendenning and Gordon Richards,"[4] while Time Out noted that the film was "the first collaboration between Dearden and TEB Clarke after The Blue Lamp...Despite its intriguing subject, the film offers little but the cosy, sentimental view of life that is typical of late Ealing films."[3]


  1. ^ Barr, Charles (1998). Ealing Studios. University of California Press. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-520-21554-2. 
  2. ^ "The Rainbow Jacket". British Film Institute. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The Rainbow Jacket | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  4. ^ "The Rainbow Jacket Review". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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