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Brandy for the Parson

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Brandy for the Parson
"Brandy for the Parson" (1952).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Eldridge
Written byWalter Meade
John Dighton
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes & dialogue)
Based onstory Brandy for the Parson by Geoffrey Household
StarringJames Donald
Kenneth More
Jean Lodge
CinematographyMartin Curtis
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music byJohn Addison
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
20 May 1952 (London) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Brandy for the Parson is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Eldridge and starring Kenneth More, Charles Hawtrey, James Donald and Jean Lodge.[2] It was based on a short story by Geoffrey Household from Tales of Adventurers (1952).[3] The title is a reference to the refrain of the poem "A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling.[4]


Bill and Petronilla are a young couple on a yachting holiday. They agree to give a lift to friendly Tony and his cargo, who unbeknownst to them is a brandy smuggler. Before they know it, the couple are fleeing cross-country, chased by customs men.[5]

Main cast

Critical reception

Allmovie called it "wafer-thin comedy";[6] and The New York Times called it "a mild but tasty distillate."[7] Picture Show magazine found it "well acted against a delightful background of English scenery, beautifully photographed", and the film's executive producer John Grierson described it as "a sweet lemon of a picture" with a feel of "old oak and seaweed".[8]


  1. ^ Group Three - a lesson in state intervention? Popple, Simon. Film History; New York Vol. 8, Iss. 2, (Jan 1, 1996): 131.
  2. ^ "Brandy for the Parson (1952)". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  3. ^ Louis XIV, the Sun King (Nick Jones). "Existential Ennui: Tales of Adventurers: Short Stories by Geoffrey Household (Michael Joseph First Edition, 1952)".
  4. ^ "Poems - A Smuggler's Song".
  5. ^ howardmorley (16 August 1952). "Brandy for the Parson (1952)". IMDb.
  6. ^ Hal Erickson. "Brandy for the Parson (1952) - John Eldridge - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "Movie Reviews". The New York Times. 7 October 2021.
  8. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 116.

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