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The Good Companions

Picturization of the J. B. Priestley bestseller was difficult, the story texture being complex. Story [with songs by George Posford and Douglas Furber] deals with a concert party that goes from bankruptcy to fame and fortune, helped by the stray people who flit across the canvas, the schoolmaster who writes jazz, the fading damsel who finances the show from a thirst for adventure, the little chorus girl who rises to be a great star, and so on.

With:
Jessie Matthews Edmund Gwenn John Gielgud Mary Glynne Percy Parsons A. W. Baskcomb

Picturization of the J. B. Priestley bestseller was difficult, the story texture being complex. Story [with songs by George Posford and Douglas Furber] deals with a concert party that goes from bankruptcy to fame and fortune, helped by the stray people who flit across the canvas, the schoolmaster who writes jazz, the fading damsel who finances the show from a thirst for adventure, the little chorus girl who rises to be a great star, and so on.

In comparison to the book, picture may seem sketchy, but the interest is held. Characterizations are outstanding. Edmund Gwenn, as the carpenter who is really the center of the story, does the best bit of work. Mary Glynne is very good as Miss Trant, suggesting the pathetic side of the character with real skill. Jessie Matthews is not as boisterous as usual as the chorus girl.

Max Miller, the music-hall man, contributes an outstanding sketch as a salesman. Victor Saville’s direction is straight but sound.

The Good Companions

UK

Production: Gaumont-British. Director Victor Saville; Producer Angus McPhaill, Louis Levy, Ian Dalrymple,; Screenplay W. P. Lipscomb; Camera Bernard Knowles; Editor Frederick Y. Smith; Art Director Alfred Junge

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Jessie Matthews Edmund Gwenn John Gielgud Mary Glynne Percy Parsons A. W. Baskcomb

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