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His Excellency (1952 film)

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His Excellency
"His Excellency" (1952).jpg
Directed byRobert Hamer
Written by
  • Robert Hamer (screenplay)
  • W. P. Lipscomb (script contribution)
  • Adrian Alington (novel) (uncredited)
Based ona play by Dorothy Christie & Campbell Christie
Produced byMichael Truman
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited bySeth Holt
Music byErnest Irving
Distributed byEaling Studios
Release date
  • January 1952 (1952-01) (UK)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£109,000[1]

His Excellency is a 1952 British comedy film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Eric Portman, Cecil Parker, Helen Cherry. It follows a blunt Yorkshireman and former trade union leader, who is sent to take over as Governor of a British-ruled island in the Mediterranean.[2] It was based on a play by Dorothy Christie and Campbell Christie.

The play was also filmed for Australian television in 1958.


Critical reception

Britmovie quoted George Perry from his book Forever Ealing, "His Excellency retains a stagebound atmosphere. Its other great fault lies in the way it wastes the theme’s potential in a glib and artificial treatment. At times the film is like an Ealing comedy that got away, with familiar stereotypes such as the ladies who form the clientele of the ‘Old Tea Shoppe’, and the governor's staff. The governor himself tends towards caricature, retaining a shirt sleeves and braces attitude akin to a trade-union rabble rouser long after he should have made a transition to the respectability demanded by his appointment... Robert Hamer returned to Ealing specially to make this film, but compared with the promise of his earlier work it is disappointing and marks the beginning of his decline."[3]


  1. ^ Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of The 1950s The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press USA. p. 285.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "His Excellency 1952 - Britmovie - Home of British Films". Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2016-08-11.

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