|Jack of All Trades|
|Directed by|| Robert Stevenson |
|Written by||Hubert Griffith (play) |
Paul Vulpius (play)
J. O. C. Orton
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Starring|| Jack Hulbert |
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger|
|Edited by||Terence Fisher|
|Music by|| Bretton Byrd |
|Distributed by||Gaumont British Distributors|
|30 December 1936|
Jack of All Trades is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Robert Stevenson and Jack Hulbert and starring Hulbert, Gina Malo and Robertson Hare.It is based on the 1934 play Youth at the Helm . The film was made at Islington Studios, with sets designed by Alex Vetchinsky.
Jack, out of work and responsible for an aged mother, takes a succession of jobs, bluffing his way through them all.
Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a mildly negative review. After giving high praise to the board meeting scene in the first half of the film, and describing it as an "excellent sequence" of "pointed fooling", Greene comments that the remainder of the film "degenerates into nothing but [...] an awful eternal disembodied Cheeriness".
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