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The Card

The principal character in Arnold Bennett's novel The Card, depicting the progression of a washer-woman's son from poverty to wealth, from humble beginnings to the top of the civic tree, provides a made-to-measure part for Alec Guinness in a capital performance.

The principal character in Arnold Bennett’s novel The Card, depicting the progression of a washer-woman’s son from poverty to wealth, from humble beginnings to the top of the civic tree, provides a made-to-measure part for Alec Guinness in a capital performance.

Set in the Potteries, without any attempt to glamorize the grimy, smoky, slum-ridden district, Eric Ambler’s script keeps the focus entirely on Guinness.

The rise of the young lad is depicted in all its stages, from his dishonest beginning, when he alters examination results to ensure a place in high school. And from there he gradually makes his name in the world, advancing from a humble lawyer’s clerk to rent collector and to big business as head and founder of a loan club.

1952: Nomination: Best Sound

The Card

UK

  • Production: British Film Makers/Rank. Director Ronald Neame; Producer John Bryan; Screenplay Eric Ambler; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Clive Donner; Music William Alwyn;; Art Director T. Hopwell Ash
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Alec Guinness Petula Clark Glynis Johns Valerie Hobson Edward Chapman Gibb McLaughlin
  • Music By: