Worm's Eye View

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Worm's Eye View
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Directed by Jack Raymond
Written by R.F. Delderfield
Jack Marks
Based onthe 1943 play by R.F. Delderfield [1]
Produced byHenry Halstead
Starring Ronald Shiner
Garry Marsh
Diana Dors
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Helen Wiggins
Music byTony Lowry
Tony Fones
Henry Halstead Productions (as Byron Films)
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
April 1951 (UK)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Worm's Eye View is a 1951 British Technicolor comedy film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Ronald Shiner as Sam Porter and Diana Dors as Thelma. [2] Based on the successful play of the same name by R.F. Delderfield, it was produced by Henry Halsted and Byron Film.



The film is set in a family home during World War II. Their bitter landlady is not pleased by five fighters from the Royal Air Force who are staying there and she re-directs unjustly her frustrations against the family. Part of the film appears in Rise and Shiner. [3]



Filming took place at Hammersmith in late 1950. [4] [5]


TV Guide wrote, "some mild amusement is to be found here, particularly in the dialogue, though all in all this is nothing special. British filmgoers thought otherwise, though, making both the film and Shiner big successes." [6]

Worm's Eye View was the sixth most popular film at the British box office in 1951. [7] [8]

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  5. The Frasers and the Munros call rival rallies Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1950 Publication: Daily Mail (London, England) p 2
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