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Treasure Hunt (1952 film)

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Treasure Hunt
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Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byAnatole de Grunwald
Written byRita Davison
Anatole de Grunwald
Based onthe play Treasure Hunt by M.J. Farrell & John Perry
StarringJimmy Edwards
Martita Hunt
Naunton Wayne
Athene Seyler
Music byMischa Spoliansky
CinematographyC.M. Pennington-Richards
Edited byRalph Kemplen
De Grunwald Productions (for) Romulus Films
Distributed byIndependent Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • June 1952 (1952-06)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Treasure Hunt is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Martita Hunt, Jimmy Edwards, Naunton Wayne and Athene Seyler.[1]


On his death, the eccentric family of rakish Sir Roderick Lyall (Jimmy Edwards) gathers at his ancestral Irish mansion, Ballyroden Hall, for the reading of the will. Everyone is shocked to hear that, once debts are paid, the only asset remaining will be the mansion. The family doctor, Mr. Walsh (Miles Malleson), suggests the mansion be turned into a guest house to bring in funds. Half the family supports the idea, but Uncle Hercules (Jimmy Edwards) and Consuelo (Athene Seyler) endeavour to sabotage the scheme. All the while, Aunt Anna Rose (Martita Hunt) insists she has mislaid a fortune in jewels – but her story is doubted due to her eccentric personality. When the first paying guests, Eustace Mills (Naunton Wayne), Mrs. Cleghorn-Thomas (June Clyde) and daughter Yvonne (Mara Lane), arrive for their holiday, expecting peace and quiet, they find themselves caught up in a series of farcical situations caused by their hosts.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "A tedious comedy";[2] Britmovie called it a "Minor farce";[3] while Sky Movies wrote, "Producer Anatole de Grunwald adapted the stage play by M J Farrell and John Perry in an enjoyably straightforward way. Director John Paddy Cartairs handles the film with appropriate vitality, making the most of the basically conventional stage Irish characters. Martita Hunt and Athene Seyler stand out in a large cast, among whom are such familiar faces as Miles Malleson, Alfie Bass and Hammer Films regular Michael Ripper."[4]


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