It's a Great Day

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It's a Great Day
Directed byJohn Warrington
Produced by Victor Lyndon
Starring Ruth Dunning
Edward Evans
Sid James
Cinematography Cedric Williams
Music by Eric Spear
Release date
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It's a Great Day is a 1955 British comedy film directed by John Warrington. [1] A spin-off of the popular soap The Grove Family , the film stars Ruth Dunning as Gladys Grove, Edward Evans as Bob Grove, and Sid James as Harry Mason. [2] [3] Nancy Roberts, (1885-1962), as Gran, played the same rôle in the TV series.


Plot summary

A local builder, Bob Grove, has some temperamental differences with his Council Manager leaving him without a product to finish a housing estate. His son, Jack, recruits the services of an alternative supplier, of dubious character, to help him get hold of the materials required to finish work on the new houses. Things turn sour when Bob and his son, Jack, are suspected of stealing, leading to a situation which involves a police investigation. All this takes place around a planned Royal Visit, to the new housing estate.


Critical reception

In discussing the original TV show, the Radio Times praised "The excellent Ruth Dunning and Edward Evans," but "the acting honours, and the popularity stakes, were hijacked by formidable Nancy Roberts as Gran. This cheaply made feature version of the show, produced quickly and efficiently by Butcher's Films with the original cast, now looks like a perfect period artefact. The plot is wonderfully naive, casting doubt on upright Mr Grove's integrity, and the cast is studded with marvellous 1950s faces such as Sid James, Victor Maddern, Michael Balfour and Vera Day. It's a treat for nostalgists and those who cherish that period of postwar austerity, when such a cosy family unit was perceived as the ideal." [4]

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