|For Better, for Worse|
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Written by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Based on||For Better, for Worse by Arthur Watkyn|
|Produced by||Kenneth Harper|
|Starring|| Dirk Bogarde |
|Edited by||Peter Taylor|
|Music by||Angela Morley|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathe|
|Box office||£206,736 (UK) |
For Better, for Worse is a 1954 British comedy film in Eastmancolor directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Dirk Bogarde, Susan Stephen and Cecil Parker. It was based on Arthur Watkyn's play of the same title which had run for over 500 performances in the West End starring Leslie Phillips and Geraldine McEwan.   It was released in the United States as Cocktails in the Kitchen.
A young couple – Tony and Anne (Dirk Bogarde and Susan Stephen) decide to get married, however Tony does not have the required prospects that her father (Cecil Parker) insists on, so he sets his future son-in-law some conditions before allowing the wedding.
The film was based on a play by Arthur Watkins, a censor for the British film board who wrote plays under a pen name Arthur Watkyn.  The play debuted in London in December 1952 with a cast including Leslie Philips, Dandy Nichols and Geraldine McEwan.  Reviews called it "agreeable".  It was a huge success, running for over 500 performances. The play was performed on radio and television. 
Film rights were purchased by Associated British. Susan Stephens had just been in His Excellency at Ealing Studios.  It was the first role for Pia Terri from Italy. 
Filming took place at Elstree Studios, starting 1 March 1954.  It was the first film shot there to use Eastman colour.  The film's sets were designed by the art director Michael Stringer.
The film was successful at the box office in Britain, helped in part by the fact Dirk Bogarde had just been seen in Doctor in the House.  According to Kinematograph Weekly the film was a "money maker" at the British box office in 1954. 
The Monthly Film Bulletin said "there is nothing very original... but it is played with charm and veracity." 
Sky Movies noted "Arthur Watkyn's famous stage success has proved successful material for drama societies up and down the land – but still comes up like new in this bright little film version...Warm, human and charmingly funny domestic comedy, dressed up as fresh as paint by the colour camerawork." 
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