September 20, 2014

Films

Small Hotel – 1957 | 59 mins | Comedy | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Small Hotel

Twenty years after appearing on stage in this lively Rex Frost play, in his penultimate film Gordon Harker reprises the role of a belligerent hotel waiter having to use all his wit and cunning to save his job. This low-budget film features Harker in typically jovial form, dominating comic proceedings with typical polished expertise, and with a less assured cast this thin comedy wouldnít be worthwhile. There are early roles for Billie Whitelaw and Janet Munro, and the doughty Irene Handl is cast as the hotelís spirited cook.

Albert (Gordon Harker) is a sly aging waiter at the Jolly Fiddler, an aptly named quiet country hotel. Albert knows the ropes and is renowned for his tipping and fiddling scams, whilst the hotel managers turn a blind eye to his antics, scatterbrained waitress Effie (Janet Munro) is in awe of his sly racketeering. He is forced takes steps to preserve his reign when orders come from head office to fire Albert, and area supervisor Finch (John Loder) arrives with his interfering young replacement, Caroline Mallet (Billie Whitelaw). Albert schemes to use the hotelís sole resident, fiery Mrs. Samson-Fox (Marie Lohr), as an ally to facilitate his plans.

Production Team

David MacDonald: Director
Terence Verity: Art Direction
Norman Warwick: Cinematography
Seymour Logie: Film Editing
Eric Aylott: Makeup Department
Polly Young: Makeup Department
Rex Frost: Play
Robert Hall: Producer
Wilfred Eades: Script
Harold V. King: Soud
Cecil Mason: Sound
Len Shilton: Sound

Cast

Francis Matthews: Alan Pryor
Ruth Trouncer: Sheila
Billie Whitelaw: Caroline Mallet
Janet Munro: Effie
Irene Handl: Mrs. Gammon
John Loder: Mr. Finch
Marie Lohr: Mrs. Samson-Fox
Gordon Harker: Albert



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