Genevieve (1953)





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The plot of the thoroughly captivating British comedy Genevieve can be summed up in a sentence: Two young couples participate in the Vintage Car Rally, a yearly race from London to Brighton. The title "character" is the 1904 Darracq auto owned by John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan. The couple's friendly rivals are Kenneth More and Kay Kendall, the latter graduating to stardom on the basis of this film. At first treating the race as a lark, the two couples become increasingly--and hilariously--competitive as they near the finishing line. Among the film's plethora of small pleasures are Joyce Grenfell as a wry hotel proprietress and Arthur Wontner as an elderly car fancier. Despite the many technical gaffes and continuity errors overlooked by director Henry Cornelius, Genevieve is a uniquely British delight from beginning to end, its charm enhanced by the uncredited harmonica score of American expatriate Larry Adler. The film was a moneymaker in every country that it played, and a multi-award winner in England and abroad. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy
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Geoffrey Keen
as Policeman
John Gregson
as Alan McKim
Joyce Grenfell
as Hotel proprietress
Kenneth More
as Ambrose Claverhouse
Michael Medwin
as Husband
Kay Kendall
as Rosalind Peters
Dinah Sheridan
as Wendy McKim
Michael Balfour
as Conductor
Arthur Wontner
as Elderly Gentleman
Edie Martin
as Guest
Harold Siddons
as Second Speed Cop
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Critic Reviews for Genevieve

All Critics (4)

...a delightfully humorous frolic. Fun stuff, this.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Exquisitely funny comedy with a fabulous musical theme.

October 2, 2004
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August 12, 2005

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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Genevieve

while nothing in scope compared to say 'the great race" or 'it's a mad mad mad world" but still watchable.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

86/100. A wonderful and charming film, nicely directed by Henry Cornelius. The great cast works wonderfully together, the leads are exceptional - Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall and Kenneth More. Very well written, and the screenplay was nominated for an Oscar, as was the fine and unusual harmonica score. Excellent pace, colorful and quite amusing in a uniquely British way.

James Higgins
James Higgins

And the London-Brighton vintage car run's still running

Lesley N
Lesley N

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