A Run for Your Money

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A Run for Your Money
"A Run for Your Money" (1949).jpg
Directed by Charles Frend
Written by Clifford Evans (story)
Richard Hughes
Leslie Norman
Charles Frend
Diana Morgan (add. dialogue)
Produced by Michael Balcon
Leslie Norman
Starring Donald Houston
Meredith Edwards
Moira Lister
Alec Guinness
Hugh Griffith
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Michael Truman
Music by Ernest Irving
Release date
  • 23 November 1949 (1949-11-23)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

A Run for Your Money is a 1949 Ealing Studios comedy film starring Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards as two Welshmen visiting London for the first time. The supporting cast includes Alec Guinness, Moira Lister and Hugh Griffith. [1]



Two Welsh coal miners from (fictional) Hafoduwchbenceubwllymarchogcoch, David 'Dai Number 9' Jones (Donald Houston) and Thomas 'Twm' Jones (Meredith Edwards), win a contest run by the Echo newspaper. The prize is £100 each, plus the best seats for an important rugby union match between England and Wales at Twickenham. For the naive Welshmen, this is their first trip to England.

They are supposed to be met at Paddington station by Whimple (Alec Guinness), a gardening columnist on the paper, but nobody told them. Then the two miners become separated when Dai is picked up by attractive con artist Jo (Moira Lister) after she overhears them talking about the prize money. At Jo's suggestion, she and Dai go to the newspaper to collect the money. The editor makes Whimple responsible for showing Dai around, but Jo soon manages to lose him. Whimple hears about Jo's criminal methods from a fellow reporter and runs out in search of them. As they spend time together, Dai begins to fall in love with Jo, though he already has a girlfriend back in Wales: Bronwen, the boss's secretary.

Meanwhile, Twm recognizes a familiar face: Huw Price (Hugh Griffith), a down-on-his-luck harpist and traditional Chief Singer with whom he had once won the grand prize at an important Welsh music festival. They go looking for Dai (between drinks at various pubs). By the time they arrive at the Echo to collect Twm's share of the prize, they're sopping drunk. Not knowing who Twm is, the editor has the pair kicked out. Eventually, Twm and Huw give up and go to the rugby match, getting there just as it ends (Wales wins). There, they meet up with Whimple.

Jo takes Dai shopping for a diamond ring for Bronwen; her confederate Barney (Leslie Perrins) tries to cheat him, but Dai changes his mind about which ring he wants and ends up getting a fair deal. Jo takes him back to her flat so Barney can sneak in and steal Dai's money. Dai proposes that she move to Wales and offers to give her money to pay for the fare, but then he remembers Bronwen and changes his mind. Disappointed more than she expected, she steals his money. Just then, Whimple shows up and tells Dai the truth about the woman, but she runs off.

A chase ensues. Dai gets Jo's purse, with the money in it, and runs to catch the train back to Wales, where he is reunited with Twm and Huw. Jo and Barney bring a policeman and accuse Dai of being a thief; to avoid trouble, Dai gives back the purse. As the train pulls out though, Jo throws him back his money, much to Barney's disgust.



All the music in this film is based on traditional Welsh songs.

Much of it was filmed on location in London. Nant-y-Moel was used for scenes of the Welsh village's railway station. There are a number of joking references to the deprivations and regulations of postwar England.

Hafoduwchbenceubwllymarchogcoch: Hafod uwchben ceubwll y marchog coch translates roughly as 'Shed over the cess-pit of the red knight'.


According to The Independent , most Welsh filmgoers didn't like it, believing it played to stereotypes. [2] However, it was generally very popular with British audiences and was nominated for a BAFTA award (for Best British Film) in 1950. [3]

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  1. "A Run for Your Money". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  2. Meic Stephens (15 February 1999). "Obituary: Meredith Edwards" . The Independent . Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  3. A Run for Your Money at IMDb