Green Grow the Rushes (November 6, 1951)
Released on November 6, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 18 minutes) A small town in the marsh lands of England is visited by three men from the Government Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the town's secret smuggling operation may be in danger.
Produced by John W. Gossage
Directed by Derek N. Twist
Written by Howard Clewes with screenplay by Derek N. Twist
The Actors: Roger Livesey (Captain Cedric Biddle), Honor Blackman (Meg Cuffley, newspaper reporter), Richard Burton (Bob Hammond), Frederick Leister (Colonel Gill), John Salew (Herbert Finch), Colin Gordon (Roderick Fisherwick), Geoffrey Keen (Spencer Prudhoe), Cyril Smith (Hubert Hewitt), Eliot Makeham (James Urquhart, coast guard), Jack McNaughton (baliff Sergeant Edgar Rigby), Vida Hope (Polly Bainbridge), Russell Waters (Joseph Bainbridge, farmer), Archie Duncan (Constable Pettigrew), Arnold Ridley (Tom Cuffley, newspaper editor), Gilbert Davis (Whitley), Harcourt Williams (Chairman of the Bench), John Stamp (King Henry III), Bryan Forbes (Fred Starling, crewman), Harold Goodwin (Gosling), Henrik Jacobsen (Sigismund), Betty Shale (Mrs. Bush), Phil Tate (pianist at tea ship)
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Napoleon Brandy and the Lily White’s
In a corner of England's Anderida marsh land sits the small town of Portenoy, that in days past was a center of smuggling French spirits into England. Several hundred years ago the town was given a charter by King Henry III proclaiming that this town was independent from the rest of England, and not subject to British law. Of course those old days of smuggling and independence are only distant memories in today’s modern world . . . . . Or are they?
As our adventure opens we meet three officials from the British Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries who have come to the marsh lands to discover why so much good land has not been turned into farms for providing the food that a growing nation has need of.
We soon learn that smuggling French brandy is still the main business of the town, and while most of the residents know all about it, there are a few townsfolk who have no idea – the 'Lily-White' residents.
With the men from the ministry snooping around, the town leaders decide that they must finally, after 700 years, stop smuggling Napoleon brandy. . . But there is one more shipment awaiting them offshore in some hidden nets, and they must make one last trip with the Frolic, their smuggling ship.
It was a dark and stormy night when the Frolic went on her final voyage, and storm winds were blowing mightily, tossing the ship hither and thither in the angry sea. The captain and his men were certain they would not survive, so they opened a bottle and spilt a bit of the brandy inside them to calm their nerves.
The next morning as the sun shone bright, the town leaders were lamenting the demise of the ship and its crew, when they discovered that the ship was marooned in the duck pond of the only small farm in the area. What jolly good luck that was, and they discovered that the captain and crew had survived the awesome storm as well.
It was just too bad that all of the magnificent Napoleon brandy was lost at sea when they tossed it overboard in an attempt to survive the gale winds buffeting their small vessel. . . . . But wait. . . . . They got drunk and forgot to toss the contraband brandy overboard. . . . It was still safely tucked away in the hold of the ship . . . . . Great news! . . . . . . Or maybe not.
Those pesky Government Ministry men were still poking around, and if they discovered contraband brandy in the hold of the land-bound ship there would be trouble that the town didn’t need. There must be some way that the townsfolk of Portenoy could make all that brandy disappear before the men from the ministry discovered it. . . . . . What to do, . . . . . What to do? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Archie DUncan and Bryan Forbes
Bryan Forbes and Roger Livesey
Colin Gordon and John Salew
Cyril Smith and Roger Livesey
Frederick Leister and Jack McNaughton
Frederick Leister and Richard Burton
Geofffrey Keen, Colin Gordon and John Salew
Honor Blackman and Betty Shale
Honor Blackman meets Richard Burton
John Salew, Colin Gordon and Geoffrey Keen
John Salew, Geoffrey Keen and Colin Gordon
John Stamp as King Henry III
Roger Livesey and Bryan Forbes
Roger Livesey and Vida Hope
Roger Livesey in the mirror
Russell Waters,Colin Gordon and John Salew
Russell Waters and Vida Hope