Complacent class-based British comedy.
The Promoter, while vastly amusing in spots, is not a first-rate Guinness show.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's solid stuff, but too many involved seem to be marking time.
| Original Score: 3/5
Neame and his players inject this with plenty of wit, distracting one from the Horatio Alger cliches.
The principal character in Arnold Bennett's novel The Card... provides a made-to-measure part for Alec Guinness in a capital performance.
Brisk, brassy and keenly observed, Neame's film is a thoroughly enjoyable social satire that will appeal to the blagger in everyone.
The Promoter is a sprightly spoof that gives Alec Guinness a role ideally suited to his deadpan comedy talents.
Somewhat typical Horatio Alger story made interesting by a cast of outstanding performers.
| Original Score: 3/4