The Demi-Paradise, or Adventure for Two (December 20, 1943)

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A Shot in the Dark
 

Released on December 20, 1943: A Russian inventor in Barchester, England tries to understand the ways of the British people as World War II begins.

Directed by Anthony Asquith

The Actors: Laurence Olivier (Ivan Kouznetsoff), Penelope Dudley-Ward (Ann Tisdall), Marjorie Fielding (Mrs. Tisdall), Margaret Rutherford (Rowena Ventnor), Felix Aylmer (Mr. Runalow), George Thorpe (Herbert Tisdall), Leslie Henson (himself), Guy Middleton (Dick Christian), Michael Shepley (Mr. Walford), Edie Martin (Miss Winifred Tisdall), Muriel Aked (Mrs. Tisdall-Stanton), Joyce Grenfell (Sybil Paulson), Everley Gregg (Mrs. Flannel), Jack Watling (Tom Seller), David Keir (Jordan), Miles Malleson (theatre cashier), Aubrey Mallalieu (Toomes, the butler), John Laurie (wounded sailor), Brian Nissen (George Tisdall), John Boxer (British sailor), Johnnie Schofield (Ernie), Marie Ault (Mrs. Jones), Alexis Chesnakov (Russian delegate), Mavis Clair (barmaid), George Cole (Percy), Harry Fowler (small boy), Beatrice Harrison (herself), Gladys Henson (Mrs. Frost, maid), Wilfrid Hyde-White (nightclub waiter), Niall MacGinnis (man on ship-dedication stand), Josephine Middleton (Mrs. Tremlow), Charles Paton (Mr. Bishop), Marian Spencer (Mrs. Teddy Beckett), George Street (heckler in Hyde Park), Jack Vyvian (orator in Hyde Park), Ben Williams (heckler in Hyde Park), Ian Wilson (Army bandmaster), Margaret Withers (Mrs. Elliston)

 

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War . . . Comedy . . . Love

America has always been a 'melting pot' of different peoples from different lands coming together to live, work, love and die next to each other. This mixing of languages, customs and beliefs has always made us a very troubled land . . . we don't understand each other's motives, we don't understand each other's ways, we too often think the worst instead of the best about people that are 'different' . . . and at the same time that friction of people that are different living next to each other . . . if it doesn't kill us, it makes us a much, much better people. This is not a new thing . . . different peoples have always misunderstood each other through the ages, and this enthralling story is about a Russian inventor who travels to Barchester, England to have a radically new ship built. He is befuddled by the British . . . they are so terribly different from the Russians in their customs, emotions and the way they look at life and work. On top of that, add a pretty British girl who falls in love with him, and him with her, and then add the outbreak of World War II, with attacks on both England and Russia. When the unique British authors put it together in a story, what you get is an outstanding and timeless story with laughter, love, misunderstandings, courage, friendship and a World War II story like you have never seen before or since. With legendary actors like Sir Laurence Olivier, Margaret Rutherford, Felix Rutherford, and even a small part for one of my favorites, Wilfrid Hyde-White, this great story is a joy to experience. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with a war-rations amount of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Aubrey Mallalieu and Sir Laurence Olivier
Aubrey Mallalieu and Sir Laurence Olivier
Aubrey Mallalieu as Toomes the butler
Aubrey Mallalieu as Toomes the butler
Brian Nissen and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Brian Nissen and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Edie Martin and Marjorie Fielding
Edie Martin and Marjorie Fielding
Felix Aylmer and Penelope Dudley Ward
Felix Aylmer and Penelope Dudley Ward
FElix Aylmer as Mr. Runalow
Felix Aylmer as Mr. Runalow
George Thorpe as Herbert Tisdall
George Thorpe as Herbert Tisdall
George Thorpe meets Laurence Olivier
George Thorpe meets Laurence Olivier
Gladys Henson and Edie Martin
Gladys Henson and Edie Martin
Jack Watling and Sir Laurence Olivier
Jack Watling and Sir Laurence Olivier
Jack Watling and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Jack Watling and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Jack Watling as Tom Sellers
Jack Watling as Tom Sellers
Laurence Olivier and Felix Aylmer
Laurence Olivier and Felix Aylmer
Laurence Oivier and Margaret Rutherford and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Laurence Oivier and Margaret Rutherford and Penelope Dudley-Ward
Laurence Olivier, Penelope Dudley-Ward and Michael Shepley
Laurence Olivier, Penelope Dudley-Ward and Michael Shepley
Sir Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in Hyde Park
Sir Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in Hyde Park
Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub
Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub
Laurence Olivier as Ivan Kouznetsoff
Laurence Olivier as Ivan Kouznetsoff
Laurence Olivier meets Everley Gregg
Laurence Olivier meets Everley Gregg
Laurence Olivier meets Felix Aylmer
Laurence Olivier meets Felix Aylmer
Leslie Henson
Leslie Henson
Leslie Henson prepares to play the piano
Leslie Henson prepares to play the piano
Margaret Rutherford leads the pagent
Margaret Rutherford leads the pagent
Margaret Rutherford has tea
Margaret Rutherford has tea
Marjorie Fielding and Sir Laurence Olivier
Marjorie Fielding and Sir Laurence Olivier
Penelope Dudley-Ward and Laurence Olivier
Penelope Dudley-Ward and Laurence Olivier
Penelope Dudley-Ward stares at Laurence Olivier
Penelope Dudley-Ward stares at Laurence Olivier
Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub
Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub
Wilfrid Hyde-White and Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub
Wilfrid Hyde-White and Laurence Olivier and Penelope Dudley-Ward in the nightclub