It's Not Cricket (1949 film)

Last updated

It's Not Cricket
"It's Not Cricket" (1949).jpg
British pressbook
Directed by
Written by
  • Gerard Bryant
  • Lyn Lockwood
  • Bernard McNabb
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyGordon Lang
Edited byEsmond Seal
Music by Arthur Wilkinson
Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Release date
April 1949
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

It's Not Cricket is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Alfred Roome and starring Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Susan Shaw and Maurice Denham. It is the second (after 1941's Crook's Tour ) of two starring films for Radford and Wayne who appeared as supporting players in ten other films. [1] It was also one of the final films made by Gainsborough Pictures before the studio was merged into the Rank Organisation.

Contents

Plot

Major Bright and Captain Early are intelligence officers in the British army of occupation in post-World War 2 Germany. They are sent home on leave, but fail to notice that their new batman is actually wanted war criminal Otto Fisch. He vanishes on arrival in England and the two officers are punished by early demobilisation. Uncertain what to do in civvy street, they decide to use the "skills" they learned in the army and set up a private detective agency, "Bright and Early". They engage a secretary, Primrose Brown, but she's not very busy as they have as yet no clients.

Primrose's boyfriend/fiancee invites them all to a weekend country house party for a cricket match, but what they don't know is that the cricket ball they buy in London actually contains a valuable diamond that Fisch has stolen. It has been hidden in the hollow ball by his friend and protector Mr Felix, who runs a sporting goods shop.

As the match gets under way Fisch and Felix watch from the cover of the trees, then infiltrate the game and steal the ball. A free-for-all chase ensues, and Bright and Early manage to recover the ball and the diamond. They have now become celebrities and don't lack for eager clients. Fisch is still working for them, as they remain unaware of his identity.

Cast

Critical reception

It was one of 15 films selected by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane in The British 'B' Film, their survey of British B films, as among the most meritorious of the B films made in Britain between World War II and 1970. They said it contained "some of the most humorous moments in a British film of the period", and praised the performances, Maurice Denham's in particular. [2]

Related Research Articles

Naunton Wayne Welsh actor

Naunton Wayne, was a Welsh character actor, born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. He was educated at Clifton College. His name was changed by deed poll in 1933.

<i>Dead of Night</i> 1945 British film

Dead of Night is a 1945 black and white British anthology horror film, made by Ealing Studios. The individual segments were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. It stars Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes and Michael Redgrave. The film is best remembered for the concluding story featuring Redgrave and an insane ventriloquist's malevolent dummy.

Basil Radford English actor

Arthur Basil Radford was an English character actor who featured in many British films of the 1930s and 1940s.

<i>Night Train to Munich</i> 1940 film

Night Train to Munich is a 1940 British-American thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring Margaret Lockwood and Rex Harrison. Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, based on the 1939 short story Report on a Fugitive by Gordon Wellesley, the film is about an inventor and his daughter who are kidnapped by the Gestapo after the Nazis march into Prague in the prelude to the Second World War. A British secret service agent follows them, disguised as a senior German army officer pretending to woo the daughter over to the Nazi cause.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charters and Caldicott</span> Fictional characters

Charters and Caldicott started out as two supporting characters in the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock film The Lady Vanishes. The pair of cricket-obsessed characters were played by Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford. The characters were created by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. The duo became very popular and were used as recurring characters in subsequent films and in BBC Radio productions. Charters and Caldicott have also been played by other actors including eventually their own BBC television series.

<i>Room for Two</i> (film) 1940 British film

Room for Two is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Frances Day, Vic Oliver and Greta Gynt. The film was written by Gilbert Wakefield, based on his 1938 stage farce. The film's Italian setting was overtaken by events, as by the time of its release Fascist Italy had entered the Second World War against Britain.

Crook's Tour is a 1941 black and white British film directed by John Baxter featuring Charters and Caldicott. It is adapted from a BBC radio serial of the same name.

Time Bomb is a 1953 British film noir thriller film directed by Ted Tetzlaff and starring Glenn Ford, Anne Vernon and Maurice Denham. It was produced by MGM at the company's Elstree Studios with sets designed by the art director Alfred Junge. In the United States it was released under the title Terror on a Train.

<i>Two on the Tiles</i> 1951 British film

Two on the Tiles is a 1951 British comedy film directed by John Guillermin and starring Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott and Brenda Bruce. It was made at the Walton Studios by the independent Vandyke Productions for release as a second feature. It was one of three back-to-back productions Guillermin directed for the company at Walton Studios, along with Smart Alec and Four Days,. It was released in the U.S. as School for Brides.

It's Not Cricket may refer to:

Two for Danger is a 1940 British crime film directed by George King and starring Barry K. Barnes, Greta Gynt and Ian McLean.

<i>Nothing Barred</i> 1961 British film

Nothing Barred is a 1961 British black and white comedy film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Brian Rix, Leo Franklyn and Naunton Wayne.

<i>The Large Rope</i> 1953 film by Wolf Rilla

The Large Rope is a 1953 British crime film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Donald Houston, Susan Shaw and Robert Brown.

<i>The Master Plan</i> (1954 film) 1954 film

The Master Plan is a 1954 British film noir drama film directed by Cy Endfield and starring Norman Wooland, Tilda Thamar and Wayne Morris. It is set at the headquarters of NATO. Based on a teleplay Operation North Star by Harald Bratt, it was produced as a second feature. It was made at Southall Studios with sets designed by the art director Scott MacGregor.

<i>A Girl in a Million</i> 1946 British film

A Girl in a Million is a 1946 British comedy film. It is notable for featuring Joan Greenwood in an early starring role; and Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne in their comedy double act as two cricket-obsessed Englishmen, this time called Fotheringham and Prendergast.

Feet of Clay is a 1960 British crime film directed by Frank Marshall, written by Mark Grantham, and starring Vincent Ball, Wendy Williams and Hilda Fenemore.

<i>Meet Mr. Malcolm</i> 1954 British film

Meet Mr. Malcolm is a 1954 British crime film directed by Daniel Birt and starring Adrianne Allen, Sarah Lawson and Meredith Edwards. It was made at Kensington Studios as a second feature.

<i>The Happiness of Three Women</i> 1954 film

The Happiness of Three Women is a 1954 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Brenda de Banzie, Donald Houston and Petula Clark. The film was released on the Odeon Circuit as a double bill with The Crowded Day. It was made at Walton Studios with sets designed by the art director John Stoll. It was adapted from Eynon Evans's Welsh-set play Wishing Well.

<i>Stolen Time</i> 1955 British film

Stolen Time is a 1955 British crime drama film directed by Charles Deane and starring Richard Arlen, Susan Shaw and Vincent Ball. It was released in the United States in 1958 under the alternative title of Blonde Blackmailer.

Stranglehold is a 1963 British drama film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Macdonald Carey, Barbara Shelley and Philip Friend.

References

  1. It's Not Cricket at BFI Film & TV Database
  2. Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 265–66.