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Folly to Be Wise (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 December 1953 (USA)
Newly arrived Army chaplin Captain Paris (Alastair Sim) attempts to book various acts for the entertainment of a troop of soldiers.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

James Bridie (play), Frank Launder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alastair Sim ... Rev. William Paris
Elizabeth Allan ... Angela Prout
Roland Culver ... George Prout
Colin Gordon ... Professor Mutch
Martita Hunt ... Lady Dodd
Janet Brown Janet Brown ... Jessie
Peter Martyn Peter Martyn ... Walter
Miles Malleson ... Dr. Hector McAdam
Edward Chapman ... Joseph Byres M.P.
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Drill Sergeant
Michael Ripper ... Drill Corporal
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Intellectual Corporal
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly ... Staff Sergeant
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Storyline

A newly-arrived army padre is put in charge of camp entertainment and has the idea of putting on a Brains Trust with local notables. Unfortunately for him, it emerges from a question on the rights and wrongs of marriage that there is more going on between three of the panellists than he wants to know about - though the audience obviously thinks differently. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original 1949 play by James Bridie, under the title 'It Depends What You Mean', enjoyed a great success with Alastair Sim as the director as well as the leading man. It opened in Glasgow's King's Theatre on September 11 1944 with a cast including Angela Baddeley and Wilfred Hyde-White. The production then toured Aberdeen and Edinburgh before beginning a long run at the Westminster Theatre, London in October. Sim worked closely with Bridie on many projects and was able to use his box-office appeal to bring many, like this, to screen and also to television. See more »

Goofs

Just before Walter gives Captain Paris a message for the Doctor, Captain Paris bangs the gavel on the table and then places the gavel next to his glasses. He then receives the message with his left hand. In the next shot he is holding his glasses with his left hand and holding the message with his right hand. See more »

Soundtracks

The Whelk Song
(uncredited)
Written by John Temple West, Johnny Johnston and Louise Kulma
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A few moments of feeble fun
27 June 2019 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Saw this about twenty years ago and recall thinking it was dire. But with such a talented cast, I thought I'd give it another chance on its appearance on the indispensable Talking Pictures channel the other day. But for the most part it just wasn't funny with the exception of the Brains Trust in the middle, where those entertaining eccentrics Martita Hunt, Miles Malleson, Colin Gordon and the others on the panel couldn't help but raise a few smiles. But that was it. A speech close to the end by Janet Brown's dim-witted boyfriend who constantly refers to women as 'judies' - did anyone talk like that - has to be one of the most excruciating moments in British film comedy.


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