The Amorous Prawn

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The Amorous Prawn
Original film poster
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Written by Anthony Kimmins (play and screenplay)
Nicholas Phipps
Produced by Leslie Gilliat
Starring Ian Carmichael
Joan Greenwood
Cecil Parker
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Thelma Connell
Music by John Barry
Covent Garden Films
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release date
  • 26 November 1962 (1962-11-26)(UK)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Amorous Prawn or The Amorous Mr. Prawn is a 1962 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring Ian Carmichael, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker. [1] The film was based on a 1959 farcical play by Kimmins. [2]


In the United States the film was retitled The Playgirl and the War Minister to exploit the Profumo affair. [3]


General Fitzadam receives his final posting in the remote Scottish Highlands. When the General and his wife discover that they cannot afford the country cottage where they plan to retire, his wife decides to run their residence as a hotel for wealthy Americans using the services of soldiers and an expert poacher.



The original play had run for over 900 performances in the West End. [4] [5]

Critical reception

Variety called the film "non-demanding light entertainment, cheerfully put over by a reliable cast of popular British thesps." [6]

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  2. "Production of The Amorous Prawn - Theatricalia". Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  3. "The Playgirl and the War Minister (1963) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies . Retrieved 5 September 2021.
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  5. Fairclough, Robert (22 September 2011). This Charming Man: The Life of Ian Carmichael. Aurum Press. p. 160. ISBN   9781845137380.
  6. "The Amorous Prawn". Variety . 1 January 1962.