November 24, 2014

Films

Josephine and Men – 1955 | 98 mins | Romance, Comedy | Colour

Plot Synopsis

Josephine and Men

Boulting Brother romantic comedy adapted from a frothy Nigel Balchin story about a women with a weakness for losers. The lightweight and stagy story is framed in flashback by the debonair Jack Buchanan’s narration but fails to exude any humour or convincing romance. The husky-voiced Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden and Peter Finch are likeable but demanded to do little.

Womanizing Uncle Charles Luton (Jack Buchanan) tells the story of his pious niece Josephine (Glynis Johns), whose tendency for comforting life’s unfortunate’s causes her romantic torment. On the eve of her wedding to businessman fiancée Alan Hartley (Donald Sinden), she throws over Alan for struggling playwright David Hewer (Peter Finch). Josephine subsequently marries David, and with the stability of matrimony and her support the aspiring playwright becomes a big success and the couple leave his grubby bedsit for a comfortable country home.

Meanwhile, the jilted Alan has lost his fortune and is on the run from the police, so seeks refuge at the home of Josephine and David. The relationship between the trio becomes heated as past memories are resurrected, and with a reversal of fortunes, Jo goes on the run with her former love.

Production Team

Roy Boulting: Director
Allan Harris: Art Direction
Ray Sturgess: Cinematography
Gilbert Taylor: Cinematography
Max Benedict: Film Editing
Bob Lawrance: Makeup Department
Waleen Whitworth: Makeup Department
John Addison: Original Music
John Boulting: Producer
Nigel Balchin: Screenplay
Frank Harvey: Script
Roy Boulting: Script
Red Law: Sound
Chris Greenham: Sound
George Stephenson: Sound
Nigel Balchin: Story

Cast

John Le Mesurier: Registrar
Laurence Naismith: Porter
Thorley Walters: Salesman
Victor Maddern: Henry
Wally Patch: Landlord
Sam Kydd: Desk Sergeant
William Hartnell: Detective Sgt Parsons
Ronald Squire: Frederick Luton
Heather Thatcher: Aunt May Luton
Peter Finch: David Hewer
Donald Sinden: Alan Hartley
Jack Buchanan: Uncle Charles Luton
Glynis Johns: Josephine Luton



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