To Dorothy a Son

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To Dorothy a Son
"To Dorothy, a Son" (1956).jpg
U.S. half sheet poster
Directed by Muriel Box
Produced by Peter Rogers
Ben Schrift
Written by Peter Rogers
Roger MacDougall (play)
Starring Shelley Winters
John Gregson
Peggy Cummins
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Music by Lambert Williamson
Cinematography Ernest Steward
H. A. R. Thomson
Edited by Alfred Roome
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release date
1954 (UK)
  • 25 January 1956 (1956-01-25) (US)[1]
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £104,557 (UK)[2]

To Dorothy a Son is a 1954 British comedy film directed by Muriel Box and starring Shelley Winters, John Gregson and Peggy Cummins.[3] It is known in the U.S. as Cash on Delivery, and is based on a play by Roger MacDougall. In order to earn a large inheritance, an American woman travels to Britain to prevent her ex-husband having any more children.


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide described the film as "a time-zone comedy, with Winters leading a British cast to give the film US appeal...None of it is terribly interesting" ;[4] whereas The New York Times wrote, "BELIEVE it or not, the running time of a stork determines the heir or heiress to $2,000,000 in Cash on Delivery, a bright, British farce that was fun on delivery at the Little Carnegie yesterday...Shelley Winters, as Myrtle, is in one of those made-to-order roles. John Gregson, as Tony, and Peggy Cummins, as Dorothy, are fine. And Mona Washbourne makes a delightfully tart nurse. Deliver yourself to the Little Carnegie. You'll have a good time." [5]


  1. ^ "Cash on Delivery: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p 504
  3. ^ "To Dorothy, A Son (1954)". BFI. 
  4. ^ "Cash On Delivery". 
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