April 19, 2014

Films

Bond Street – 1948 | 109 mins | Drama | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Bond Street

Entertaining portmanteau comedy-drama charting the events occurring during a typical 24-hour period on Londonís thoroughfare Bond Street. Linking the four stories together is the impending wedding of society girl Hazel Court and Robert Flemyng. Producer Anatole de Grunwald and co-writer Terence Rattigan would later revisit the formula for Anthony Asquithís The VIPs (1963) and The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964).

Four stories of romance and grief, happiness and suspense, come from the street which has supplied the wedding attire of Julia Chester-Barratt. Her bridal gown is nearly finished when it has to be thrust aside. Temperamental dressmaker Mrs Brawn, in the workroom, loses her temper and spoils the new dress of Mrs. Taverner. Mrs. Brawn does not like the idle rich, but she feels differently when she hears that Mrs Taverner’s war-blinded son has regained his sight, and that the new dress was wanted for six o’clock that evening, when he would see his mother for the first time for years. So, while Mrs. Brawn hurries off to the hospital where her daughter lies in childbirth, her workmates repair the dress-and the shimmering Chester-Barratt gown has to wait. The bridal veil brings about a blackmailer’s downfall and the promise of romance and happiness to his young wife, Mary.

A murder committed by Joe Marsh, and his sultry love affair with Ricki Merritt, an artist’s model, nearly deprives the bride of her pearls. Marsh steals them and hides them in Ricki’s room. But he decides that a crook can never trust a woman, so, while he holds Ricki close to him, he shoots again. He climbs through a skylight and over the rooftops, but detectives pick him up and take the revolver from him. At the last moment, the bride groom manages to free himself from a girl named Elsa who unexpectedly emerges from his past – and Julia Chester-Barratt is driven radiantly down Bond Street to her wedding.

Production Team

Gordon Parry: Director
Bryan Langley: Cinematography
Otto Heller: Cinematography
Susan King-Clark: Costume Design
Peter McCulloch: Costume Design
Gerald Turney-Smith: Editing
Love Me: Original Music
Benjamin Frankel: Original Music
Adrian Foley: Original Music
Anatole de Grunwald: Producer
Rodney Ackland: Script
Terence Rattigan: Script
Anatole de Grunwald: Script

Cast

Jean Kent: Ricki Merritt
Roland Young: George Chester-Barrett
Kathleen Harrison: Ethel Brawn
Derek Farr: Joe Marsh
Hazel Court: Julia Chester-Barrett
Ronald Howard: Steve Winter
Paula Valenska: Elsa
Patricia Plunkett: Mary Phillips
Robert Flemyng: Frank Moody
Adrianne Allen: Mrs Taverner
Kenneth Griffith: Len Phillips
Joan Dowling: Norma
James McKechnie: Inspector Yarrow
Ian Carmichael: Waiter
Wilfrid Hyde-White: Jeweller



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