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All Over the Town

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All Over the Town
All Over the Town FilmPoster.jpeg
Original film poster
Directed byDerek N. Twist
Produced byIan Dalrymple
Michael Gordon
Screenplay byMichael Gordon
Derek N. Twist
Based onAll Over the Town
by R.F. Delderfield
StarringNorman Wooland
Sarah Churchill
Cyril Cusack
Ronald Adam
Music byTemple Abady
CinematographyC.M. Pennington-Richards
Edited bySidney Stone
Wessex Film Productions
Pinewood Films
Release date
  • 2 March 1949 (1949-03-02)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

All Over the Town is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Derek N. Twist and starring Norman Wooland, Sarah Churchill and Cyril Cusack. It was based on the 1947 novel by R.F. Delderfield.


After serving in the RAF during the Second World War, Nat Hearn (Norman Wooland) returns to his prewar job as a reporter on the Tormouth Clarion. He meets and is attracted to Sally Thorpe (Sarah Churchill), who had replaced him when he enlisted and has been given notice now he has returned. He arranges for her to be kept on and they spend time together and become engaged to marry. Later, Nat becomes a co-owner and editor of the paper, but the other co-owner disagrees with Nat's new editorial policy which often involves upsetting people who provide the paper with much of its advertising revenue. So he arranges for most of the staff to take holiday time-off simultaneously to prevent Nat's opposition to Tormouth council's proposed redevelopment scheme from which some councillors plan to profit personally. Despite this, at a public meeting called by the council, Nat and his small band of supporters manage to convince the locals to support Nat in the dispute.



All Over the Town was the fourth of five films produced by Wessex Film Productions, a production company founded in 1947 by Ian Dalrymple and Jack Lee, both formerly of the Crown Film Unit.[1] The film was shot in Lyme Regis.[2]


The New York Times described it as a "slow, dogmatic little picture" with a "dog-eared" plot.[3] In The Times, the film's plot was seen as unoriginal, executed "without inspiration or any originality of thought".[4]

Later history

By the beginning of the 21st century, the only known surviving copy of the film was the negative at the BFI National Film and Television Archive. In 2005, the Lyme Regis Film Society commissioned the production of a new print from the negative. This copy of the film is housed in Lyme Regis Museum and has been shown at the local Regent Cinema on a few occasions.[2] Since 2018, the film has been shown on the UK television channel Talking Pictures TV.


  1. ^ Murphy, Robert (2004). Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Taylor and Francis. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-203-39265-2.
  2. ^ a b Maslan, Adrianne (21 May 2011). "Blast from the past is set for new screening". Bridport News.
  3. ^ "All over the Town (1949) at the Embassy". The New York Times. 26 May 1949.
  4. ^ "New films in London". The Times. 7 March 1949.

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