The Good Companions (1957 film)

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The Good Companions
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Film poster
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Written byJ. L. Hodson
T. J. Morrison
J. B. Priestley
Produced byHamilton G. Inglis
J. Lee Thompson
Starring Eric Portman
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited byGordon Pilkington
Music by Laurie Johnson
Release date
  • 9 January 1957 (1957-01-09)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Good Companions is a 1957 British musical film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Eric Portman. [2] It is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by J. B. Priestley and is a remake of the 1933 film version.


Partial cast


It was one of the pet projects of Robert Clark, head of ABPC. J Lee Thompson was Clark's favourite director. [3]


In a House of Lords debate it was revealed the film had lost £118,382. [4]

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  1. "The Good Companions". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. Hall, Mordaunt (2011). "New York Times: The Good Companions". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  3. Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of The 1950s The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press USA. p. 84.
  4. Hill, William John (1985). CLASS, SEXUALITY AND THE*BRITISH CINEMA 1956-63 (PDF) (Thesis). University of York. p. 250.