Promoter (1952)




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The Promoter was based on the Arnold Bennett novel The Card, which served as its British release title. Impoverished young clerk Alec Guinness works his way up the financial ladder until he has become a successful and highly respected loan officer. Actually, Guinness is not as above-board as the world perceives him. Beginning with cheating on a high school exam, he has wheeled and dealed his way to the top, and ethics be damned. Balancing Guinness' cold-blooded business savvy is his comparative … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
On DVD: Sep 17, 1991



as E.H. Machin

as Nellie Cotterill

as Ruth Earp

as Countess of Chell

as Herbert Duncalf

as Mrs. Machin

as Herbert Calvert

as Supt. Barlow

as Shillitoe

as The Boatman

as Denry as a Boy

as Denry as a Baby

as Yeomanry Officer

as Mr. Cotterill

as Mrs. Codleyn

as Mrs. Cotterill

as Widow Hullins
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Critic Reviews for Promoter

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

The Promoter is a sprightly spoof that gives Alec Guinness a role ideally suited to his deadpan comedy talents.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Neame and his players inject this with plenty of wit, distracting one from the Horatio Alger cliches.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The principal character in Arnold Bennett's novel The Card... provides a made-to-measure part for Alec Guinness in a capital performance.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Complacent class-based British comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Promoter, while vastly amusing in spots, is not a first-rate Guinness show.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's solid stuff, but too many involved seem to be marking time.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Radio Times

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