Brandy for the Parson

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Brandy for the Parson
"Brandy for the Parson" (1952).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by John Eldridge
Written byWalter Meade
John Dighton
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes & dialogue)
Based onstory Brandy for the Parson by Geoffrey Household
Starring James Donald
Kenneth More
Jean Lodge
CinematographyMartin Curtis
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music by John Addison
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
20 May 1952 (London) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£50,000 [1]

Brandy for the Parson is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Eldridge and starring Kenneth More, Charles Hawtrey, James Donald and Jean Lodge. [2] It was based on a short story by Geoffrey Household from Tales of Adventurers (1952). [3] The title is a reference to the refrain of the poem "A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling. [4]



Bill and Petronilla are a young couple on a yachting holiday. They agree to give a lift to friendly Tony and his cargo, who unbeknownst to them is a brandy smuggler. Before they know it, the couple are fleeing cross-country, chased by customs men. [5]

Main cast

Critical reception

Allmovie called it "wafer-thin comedy"; [6] and The New York Times called it "a mild but tasty distillate." [7] Picture Show magazine found it "well acted against a delightful background of English scenery, beautifully photographed", and the film's executive producer John Grierson described it as "a sweet lemon of a picture" with a feel of "old oak and seaweed". [8]

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