|Brandy for the Parson|
|Directed by||John Eldridge|
|Written by||Walter Meade|
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes & dialogue)
|Based on||story Brandy for the Parson by Geoffrey Household|
|Starring|| James Donald |
|Edited by||John Trumper|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)|
|20 May 1952 (London) (UK)|
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.  It was based on a short story by Geoffrey Household from Tales of Adventurers (1952).  The title is a reference to the refrain of the poem "A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling. 
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. 
Allmovie called it "wafer-thin comedy";  and The New York Times called it "a mild but tasty distillate."  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". 
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