Top of the Form (film)

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Top of the Form
"Top of the Form" (1953 film).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Produced by Paul Soskin
Written by John Paddy Carstairs
Patrick Kirwan
Ted Willis
Sid Colin (additional dialogue)
Based on original story by Anthony Kimmins
Val Guest
Leslie Arliss
Marriott Edgar
Starring Ronald Shiner
Music by Ronald Hanmer
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Alfred Roome
Paul Soskin Productions (for) British Film-Makers
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
February 1953 (UK)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Top of the Form is a 1953 British comedy film by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley and Harry Fowler.[1] The film draws inspiration from Will Hay's 1937 classic Good Morning, Boys.[2]

It was made at Pinewood Studios. The film earned billings of ₤143,000.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

This story explores a bookmaker Ronnie Fortescue (Ronald Shiner), who becomes headmaster of a boys' school, and of his and his pupil's adventures in passing examinations and on a subsequent free trip to Paris. Once in Paris, headmaster and pupils become embroiled in gambling casinos, and in a plot to steal the French Crown Jewels.


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times called it a "misfiring Ronald Shiner vehicle...Less amusing than (Will) Hay's St Michael's outings and less anarchic than the St Trinian's romps, this efficient but underwhelming caper is all too typical of its director, John Paddy Carstairs":[2] whereas TV Guide hailed "An entertaining comedy."[4]


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