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Spring in Park Lane (1948)

The diamond merchant's niece falls for his new footman who is really an impoverished aristocrat.

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writer:

Nicholas Phipps (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Judy
Michael Wilding ... Richard
Tom Walls ... Uncle Joshua
Peter Graves ... Basil Maitland
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Mrs. Howard
Nigel Patrick ... Mr. Bacon
G.H. Mulcaster G.H. Mulcaster ... Perkins
Josephine Fitzgerald Josephine Fitzgerald ... Kate O'Malley
Lana Morris ... Rosie
Nicholas Phipps ... Marquis of Borechester
Catherine Paul Catherine Paul ... Lady Borechester
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Storyline

The diamond merchant's niece falls for his new footman who is really an impoverished aristocrat.

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Plot Keywords:

based on play | based on book | See All (2) »

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Nature Never Runs Out of Ideas

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção da Primavera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Came fifth in the UK's Ultimate Film, in which films were placed in order of how many seats they sold at cinemas See more »

Goofs

Ten people are seated at the dinner table. In a later scene of dancing to a band, 14 people can be seen on the dance floor and they don't include Uncle Joshua, the Marquis of Borechester (George) or Richard. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Joshua Howard: Hmm. I don't mind Judy marrying blue blood, but I'm not very partial to red ink.
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Crazy Credits

About one-third into the movie, the screen runs credits that introduce the Borechester family: "Borechester Towers. Ancestral seat of the Marquis of Borechester. "A.D. 1100. The Normans started building the walls... "A.D. 1300. The family started hanging their pictures on the walls... "A.D. 1939. The R.A.F. took over and started scribbling on the walls... "A.D. 1947. A Stately home of England -- with the state coming nearer every budget." See more »

Connections

Version of Come Out of the Kitchen (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moment I Saw You
Words by Harold Purcell
Music by Manning Sherwin
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Best British
24 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This was the most popular movie in Great Britain the year it was released and still holds the record for most tickets sold in Britain by an all-British production. It was so popular that a poll the following year had Miss Neagle the most popular movie star in Britain: the first time in more than a decade the title went to a British subject.

The story, as well as Miss Neagle were crowd-pleasers. It offered to its audience the happy thought that in the post-War era, Park Lane contains rich young ladies who would gladly marry their footmen -- assuming, of course, they look like Michael Wilding and are actually down-on-their-luck aristocrats.

Miss Neagle's wealth comes from her diamond-dealing uncle, Tom Walls, in a fine performance. The rather tepid plot is eked out by two good dance sequences, one song by Miss Neagle, and a subplot about stolen paintings. The mildly titillating main plot is supported by a rather arch air and the charms of the stars: Mr. Wilding is arch and Miss Neagle by the manner in which every scene with her in it is shot to spotlight her. It's clear, as always that the director, Herbert Wilcox loves Miss Neagle; they had been married five years. I suspect cinematographer Mutz Greenbaum felt the same.


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