The Good Companions

Overview

Based on a novel by J. B. Priestley, this British musical-comedy follows an unlikely trio as they try to revive the fortunes of a floundering touring theatrical troupe. Inigo Jolifant John Gielgud is a schoolteacher with a talent for songwriting, and Jess Oakroyd Edmund Gwenn is a man with theatrical ambitions who has just lot his job. Together, they persuade Miss Trant Mary Glynne, an older single woman looking for adventure, to back them as they try to bring "The Dinky Do's" back into the spotlight. Susie Dean ...
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Overview

Based on a novel by J. B. Priestley, this British musical-comedy follows an unlikely trio as they try to revive the fortunes of a floundering touring theatrical troupe. Inigo Jolifant John Gielgud is a schoolteacher with a talent for songwriting, and Jess Oakroyd Edmund Gwenn is a man with theatrical ambitions who has just lot his job. Together, they persuade Miss Trant Mary Glynne, an older single woman looking for adventure, to back them as they try to bring "The Dinky Do's" back into the spotlight. Susie Dean Jessie Matthews is a chorus girl who dreams of stardom, and when she's made the new leader of the show, it looks as if her dreams may finally become a reality. The Good Companions is buoyed by the superb singing and dancing talents of Matthews, who was considered one of the screen's greatest musical stars in England and Europe, though she inexplicably never achieved the same fame in the United States; Gielgud also got a rare opportunity to display his vocal abilities in this film. Keep your eyes peeled for Jack Hawkins and horror film great George Zucco, who both appear in supporting roles.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although a big success when originally released (and remade several times), The Good Companions has not held up particularly well over the years and is of primary interest for its cast. One of the cinema's many backstage musicals, Companions has a plot the elements that have been used time and again, from a chorus girl determined to be a star to a nascent songwriter who falls for her. The screenplay does win a few points, however, for the manner in which it introduces its characters, and the result is that the true star of the picture is not obvious for quite some time. The musical numbers, including "Three Wishes," "I'll Be Happy," and "Lucky for Me," are pleasant and diverting, but hardly striking or original. Fortunately, Jessie Matthews figures prominently in many of the songs, giving them a great boost. Although never a great star abroad, Matthews was beloved by the British public, and it's easy to see why. She positively sparkles, and even when her acting comes across as rather broad, she manages to be appealing. The chance to see a very young John Gielgud in a musical is another drawing card; although he's not exactly at ease in the role, he actually handles it quite well. Even better is the delightful Edmund Gwenn, whose gentle portrayal gathers in strength and helps to anchor the film. These and the other members of the cast make Companions worth catching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 089859882425
  • Original Release: 1933
  • Source: Vci Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,161

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessie Matthews Susie Dean
Edmund Gwenn Jess Oakroyd
John Gielgud Inigo Jolifant
Mary Glynne Miss Trant
Max Miller Milbrau
Percy Parsons Morton Mitcham
A.W. Baskcomb Jimmy Nunn
Dennis Hoey Joe Brundit
Viola Compton Mrs. Brundit
Richard Dolman Jerry Jemingham
Margery Binner Elsie
Henry Ainley Voice Only
Muriel Aked Vicar's Wife
Mai Bacon
Ivor Barnard Eric Tipstead
John Burch
D.A. Clarke-Smith Ridvers
John Clifford
Jane Cornell
Finlay Currie Monte Mortimer
Gilbert Davis
Pollie Emery Miss Thong
Annie Esmond Mrs. Tarvin
Ben Field Mr. Droke
Barbara Gott Big Annie
Lawrence Hanray Mr. Tarvin
Jack Hawkins Albert
Mike Johnson
Harold Meade
Mignon O'Doherty
Wally Patch Driver
Frank Pettingell Sam Oglethorpe
Frederick Piper
Olive Sloane Effie
Cyril Smith Leonard Oakroyd
J. Fisher White Vicar
Hugh E. Wright Librarian
Margaret Yarde Mrs. Mounder
George Zucco Fauntley
Florence Gregson Mrs. Oakroyd
Alec Fraser Dr. MacFarlane
Arnold Riches Hilary
Daphne Scorer
Henry Adnes
Technical Credits
Victor Saville Director
Ian Dalrymple Screenwriter
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
W.P. Lipscomb Screenwriter
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
George Pearson Producer
George Posford Score Composer
T.A. Welsh Producer
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