The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp

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The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp
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Directed by Alan Bromly
Written by Sidney Cole
Charles Terrot
Based onThe Angel Who Pawned Her Harp by Charles Terrot
Produced bySidney Cole
Starring Felix Aylmer
Diane Cilento
Jerry Desmonde
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by John Merritt
Music by Antony Hopkins
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Release date
  • 9 September 1954 (1954-09-09)(London)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp is a 1954 British fantasy comedy film directed by Alan Bromly and starring Felix Aylmer, Diane Cilento and Jerry Desmonde. [1] The film was based on a novel by Charles Terrot and is a remake of his television play broadcast in 1951. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] It was shot in black and white at Beaconsfield Studios with location shooting around Islington in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Ray Simm. It was remade as a West German film of the same title in 1959.



A beautiful blonde angel (Diane Cilento) arrives in Islington in London on a goodwill mission to soften the heart of pawnbroker Joshua Webman (Felix Aylmer) who specialises in old musical instruments. To raise money for her mission, she tries to pawn her harp to him. This is done through organising a "chance meeting" in the pub with a man. Webman eventually gives in and pays £300 for the harp but is disappointed when other experts tell him that it is only worth £15.

Bringing out the best in the people she meets, she shows them the path down which their happiness lies.


Critical reception

Leonard Maltin dismissed the film as "Slight, forgettable fare". [7] Allmovie called it "disposable"; [8] TV Guide described it as a "Well-made, charming British picture with the standard seriocomic blend of 1950s English films". [9] Sky Movies praised Diane Cilento, "charm itself as the Angel," and appreciated a "whimsical Ealing-style comedy which keeps its feet firmly on the ground, spreading chuckles instead of sentiment and providing polished frolics in the process. Felix Aylmer - brilliant as the hard-bitten pawnbroker - Jerry Desmonde, Alfie Bass and a first-rate supporting cast help to put a high gloss on these heavenly capers". [10]

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