February 25, 2017


Folly to Be Wise – 1952 | 92 mins | Comedy | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Folly to Be Wise

Master farceur James Bridies’ popular play It Depends What You Mean provides the source material for Frank Launders whimsical comedy. Sim had earlier produced the play at Westminster Theatre in 1944 and was a driving force in bringing it to the screen.

Comedy maestro Alastair Sim stars as Captain Paris, an exasperated army chaplain and entertainments officer of a conscripted battalion. Attempting to put on a show for his battalion, it’s hardly surprising his big idea for fun and games is a Brains Trust. Amazingly the punters flood in but his effort falls apart when he enlists the help of others, very soon brows are furrowed over issues of marriage and the interlocking private lives of three panellists.

Production Team

Frank Launder: Director
Arthur Lawson: Art Direction
Jack Hildyard: Cinematography
Anna Duse: Costume Design
Thelma Connell: Editing
Ann Fordyce: Makeup Department
Michael Morris: Makeup Department
Temple Abady: Original Music
Sidney Gilliat: Producer
James Bridie: Script
Frank Launder: Script
John Dighton: Script
Peter Handford: Sound
Red Law: Sound


Alastair Sim: Captain Paris
Elizabeth Allan: Angela Prout
Roland Culver: George Prout
Colin Gordon: Professor Mutch
Martita Hunt: Lady Dodds
Janet Brown: Jessie Killegrew
Peter Martyn: Walter
Miles Malleson: Doctor McAdam
Edward Chapman: Joseph Byres MP

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