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Adelphi Films

About Adelphi Films

Adelphi Films was a small British company run by Arthur Dent and his sons that produced more than thirty films in the 1940s and 1950s from crime pictures and musicals to colourful melodramas and slapstick comedies. Peter Sellers, Sid James, Diana Dors, Petula Clark, Ronnie Corbett, Rolf Harris and Prunella Scales are just some of the many well-loved performers who appeared before Adelphi’s cameras early on in their careers.

Bless ‘em All1948

Comedy/ 79 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: Robert Jordan Hill Cast: Max Bygraves, Hal Monty, Les Ritchie, Jack Milroy

A boisterous army comedy celebrating bygone days of wartime camaraderie - with a dozen rousing songs, a pie fight in a camp kitchen and an early appearance by Max Bygraves.

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye1948

Biopic/ 56 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Walter C. Mycroft Cast: Terence Alexander, Sylvia Welling, Trefor Jones

A brisk and rousing biopic of Robert Burns, punctuated by songs and poems based on his famous works. Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, hard drinking and womanising. Burns is played by Terence Alexander (in his first film role), the prolific actor best known for his inclusion in The League of Gentlemen(1960).

The Crowded Day1954

Drama/ 82 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: John Guillermin Cast: Rachel Roberts, Sid James, Joan Rice, John Gregsoin, Dora Bryan, Prunella Scales, Thora Hird

The loves, laughs and tears of a group of salesgirls and their boyfriends in a big department store, Bunting and Hobbs, on one day during Christmas week. The bitter-sweet drama looks at the position of women in the 1950s, their dreams and aspirations and the struggles they face in daily life.

Death is a Number1951

Horror/ 50 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: Robert Henryson Cast: Terence Alexander, Lesley Osmond, Denis Webb

The gothic and occult drama revolves around a numerologist relating the family history of his friend, racing driver John Bridgnorth, whose death may have been the final act of an ancient family curse.

Fun at St Fannys1955

Comedy/ 80 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: Cardew "The Cad" Robinson, Fred Emney, Vera Day, Johnny Brandon, Davy Kaye, Freddie Mills, Claude Hulbert, Peter Butterworth, Ronald Corbett

The vintage classroom comedy caper, starring radio favourite Cardew ‘The Cad’ Robinson and a host of familiar British film and television faces, revolves around the teachers and students of St Fanny's private school, particularly the pupil Cardew the Cad who is kept at the school for many years after he should have graduated so that the dishonest headmaster can claim his inheritance.

Father and Son1936

Crime Drama/ 72 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maclean Rogers Cast: Robert Rendel, Lucille Lisle, James Mason

A bank clerk takes the blame for a theft which he believes was committed by his ex-convict father. A gripping and cutting edge drama about the impact that a prison sentence has on a middle class well-to-do family, the film stars a young James Mason in an early role.

The Great Game 1953

Comedy Drama / 80 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: James Hayter, Thora Hird, Diana Dors, John Laurie

The sports comedy-drama looks at football and its politics in the 1950s. The wealthy chairman of First Division Football Club, Burnville United, makes an unethical approach to a star player of another club, and the ensuing scandal costs him his job. Several professional football players made appearances in the film including Tommy Lawton.

Hands of Destiny 1954

Documentary/ 61 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Anthony Young Cast: Josef Ranald, Terence Alexander, Hilda Fenemore

Fascinating drama documentary about the work of Dr Josef Ranald, the World's master palm reader. It includes true stories and studies of leading Nazi's hands – Hitler, Himmler and Goering.

The Happiness of Three Women 1954

Comedy Drama/ 78 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: Brenda De Banzie, Petula Clark, Donald Houston

Petula Clarke stars in this charming romance directed by British stalwart Maurice Elvey. The Wishing Well Inn in rural Wales becomes the centre of love and intrigue when three troubled guests arrive, and become subject to the manipulations of a conniving postman, who only has eyes for the landlady.

Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary1953

Comedy/ 80 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: David Tomlinson, Diana Dors, Bonar Colleano

Wonderful romantic bedroom farce sees US army airman Laurie Vining hankering after a little rest and recreation with his new bride, when his gorgeous ex arrives insisting they're still man and wife. A real gem of film which was very successful on release and remains very popular today.

Intimate Relations1953

Drama/ 86 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: Charles Frank Cast: Marian Spencer, Harold Warrender, Ruth Dunning

Based on Jean Cocteau’s play Les Parents Terriblesand considered outrageous on its release in 1953, the film explores the emotional upheavals in a middle-class French family caused by the son's falling in love with a girl, who has been his father's mistress.

The Kilties are Coming1952

Documentary Musical/ 52 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: Robert Jordan Hill Cast: Peter Sinclair, McDonald Hobley, The Royal Kiltie Juniors

This is an unusual film mixing song, dance and documentary featuring The Royal Kiltie Juniors performing a variety show, and being interviewed by Peter Sinclair, while McDonald Hobley (well-known radio and TV presenter) speaks to their parents.

Let’s Go Crazy1951

Comedy/ 33 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Alan Cullimore Cast: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Wallas Eaton, Tommy Manley, Florence Austin, Keith Warwick, Jean Cavall, Pat Kaye, Betty Ankers, Maxin and Johnson, Freddie Mirfield and his Garbage Men

A short musical featurette set in a nightclub, it combined variety acts with improvised comedy sketches written by Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, both on the cusp of radio comedy fame with The Goon Show.

My Wife’s Lodger 1952

Comedy/ 80 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: Dominic Roche, Olive Sloane and Leslie Dwyer

A soldier comes home from the war expecting a warm welcome, but he finds that his wife had taken in a lodger during his absence, and now she and his somewhat dingy daughter seem to be paying much more attention to the lodger than to him.

Miss Tulip Stays the Night1955

Comedy Thriller/ 68 mins/ black & white/HD

Director: Leslie Arliss Cast: Diana Dors, Cicely Courtneidge, Jack Hulbert, Patrick Holt, A.E. Matthews

A crime writer and his wife stay at a country house, where a mysterious corpse appears. The Comedy Thriller features the stunning Diana Dors as the amateur detective who beats the police to solve the murder in her country holiday cottage.

My Death is a Mockery1952

Crime Drama/ 75 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: Anthony Young Cast: Donald Houston, Kathleen Byron, Bill Kerr

After being condemned to death, a man recounts the events that have brought him there. A struggling Brixham fisherman, he was persuaded by an Australian chancer to switch to smuggling brandy from the French coast. However the murder of a policeman rapidly leads to things falling apart.

Penny Points to Paradise1951

Comedy/ 77 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Tony Young Cast: Harry Secombe, Alfred Marks, Peter Sellers, Vicky Page, Paddy O'Neil, Spike Milligan, Bill Kerr

Madcap comedy about a pools winner on holiday at the seaside. The film was the feature film debut of the stars of The Goon Show, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.

A Ray of Sunshine1951

Variety/ 60 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Horace Shepherd Cast: Ted Ray, Anita and Armand, Ivy Benson's All-Girl Band

A nostalgic look at the lost days of British variety compered by the great Ted Ray featuring rare footage of routines from stars of the day, many of whom are still well known with niche followings.

Song of Paris1952

Comedy/ 80 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: John Guillermin Cast: Dennis Price Anne Vernon Mischa Auer

A fluffy farce about a famous French cabaret star who is rescued from embarrassment by a passing Englishman and sets out to marry him. The film flits between London and Paris whilst saucy humour and romantic tangles amongst the supporting cast beef up the action.

Tell-Tale Heart 1953

Horror/ 20 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: J.B. Williams Star: Stanley Baker

Based on the Edgar Allen Poe story first published in 1843 and featuring only one actor, the great Stanley Baker, this is the story of a murderer who buries a body under the floorboards and betrays himself by his obsession with the noise of the dead man's heartbeat.


Thriller/ 68 mins/ black & white/ SD

Director: John Guillermin Cast: Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson, John Bentley

Director John Guillemin's debut film tells the story of two brothers, both writers of crime novels; one a fine, upstanding gentleman and the other a moody, neurotic, psychopath. One brother takes it upon himself to commit murders to give himself a feeling of reality.

What Every Woman Wants1955

Drama/ 86 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director; Maurice Elvey Cast: William Sylvester, Elsie Albiin, Brenda de Banzie

A newly married couple have to live with the wife's parents and extended family in a small overcrowded house in the English Midlands. Complicating matters is the arrival of returning wounded soldier Jim whom the husband regards as a romantic rival.

You Lucky People! 1955

Comedy/ 79 mins/ black & white/ HD

Director: Maurice Elvey Cast: Tommy Trinder, Mary Parker, Dora Bryan, Rufus Cruickshank, Michael Kelly, Mark Singleton

Starring legendary comedian Tommy Trinder You Lucky People!pokes fun at the rigors of army life as it chronicles the exploits of an army surplus salesman who must serve two weeks in the reserve. There he must contend with a tough old sergeant-major whom he despises. The first ever wide screen production in Britain.

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    Feature Films
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    Adelphi Films
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