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Green Grow the Rushes (1951)

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Though Green Grow the Rushes has the look and feel of an Ealing comedy, the film was actually produced through the auspices of British Lion. The story takes place on the southern coast of England, where through a bureaucratic oversight a small patch of land in Kent is protected from outside legal intervention by an ancient charter. It is here that a group of liquor smugglers, headed by Captain Biddie (Roger Livesey), carries on its activities with impunity and with full cooperation of the regional politicians. The fun begins when a cargo of precious potables ends up in a duck pond owned by a local farmer, sparking an onslaught of governmental foolishness. Two future stars carry the slim romantic subplot in Green Grow the Rushes: Honor Blackman plays a well-meaning newspaper columnist, while Richard Burton shows up as a slovenly smuggler (this was Burton's final British film before his move to Hollywood).

Cast

Roger Livesey
as Capt. Cedric Biddle
Honor Blackman
as Meg Cuffley
Richard Burton
as Robert 'Bob' Hammond
Archie Duncan
as Constable Pettigrew
Geoffrey Keen
as Spencer Prudhoe
John Salew
as Herbert Finch
Colin Gordon
as Roderick Fisherwick
Cyril Smith
as Hubert Hewitt
Eliot Makeham
as James Urquhart
Vida Hope
as Polly
Russell Waters
as Joseph Bainbridge, Farmer
Bryan Forbes
as Fred, Biddle Crew Member
Jack McNaughton
as Bailiff Sgt. Edgar Rigby
Arnold Ridley
as Tom Cuffley
John Stamp
as King Henry III
Henrik Jacobsen
as Sigismund
Betty Shale
as Mrs. Bush (uncredited)
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½

A lovely old chestnut of a film about a coastal marsh town in England that is above the law, government bureaucrats, smugglers and the hi-jinks that ensue. What fun!

Joe Moran
Joe Moran

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