Top of the Form (film)

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Top of the Form
"Top of the Form" (1953 film).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Written by
Story by Anthony Kimmins
Val Guest
Leslie Arliss
Marriott Edgar
Produced by Paul Soskin
Starring Ronald Shiner
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Alfred Roome
Music by Ronald Hanmer
Paul Soskin Productions
British Film-Makers
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
9 March 1953
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Top of the Form is a 1953 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley and Harry Fowler. [1] The film draws inspiration from Will Hay's 1937 classic Good Morning, Boys . [2] The film was released in black-and-white.


It was made at Pinewood Studios near London with sets designed by the art director Maurice Carter. The film earned billings of £143,000. [3]

Plot summary

This story explores a bookmaker Ronnie Fortescue (Ronald Shiner), who becomes headmaster of a boys' school, and of his and his pupil's adventures in passing examinations and on a subsequent free trip to Paris. Once in Paris, headmaster and pupils become embroiled in gambling casinos, and in a plot to steal the French Crown Jewels.


Critical reception

The Radio Times called it a "misfiring Ronald Shiner vehicle...Less amusing than (Will) Hay's St Michael's outings and less anarchic than the St Trinian's romps, this efficient but underwhelming caper is all too typical of its director, John Paddy Carstairs": [2] whereas TV Guide hailed "An entertaining comedy." [4]

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  1. "Top of the Form (1953)".
  2. 1 2 "Top of the Form – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  3. BFI Collections: Michael Balcon Papers H3 reprinted in British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference By Sue Harper, Vincent Porter p 41
  4. "Top Of The Form - TV Guide".