Brandy For The Parson. Image shows from L to R: Tony Rackham (Kenneth More), Redworth (Michael Trubshawe), Petronilla Brand (Jean Lodge), Bill Harper (James Donald), George Crumb (Charles Hawtrey). Copyright: Group 3 Productions

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1952
Creator
Geoffrey Household
Stars
James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper, Charles Hawtrey, Michael Trubshawe, Arthur Wontner, Alfie Bass and more
Writers
John Dighton, W. L. Meade and Alfred Shaughnessy
Director
John Eldridge
Producers
John Grierson and Alfred Shaughnessy
Companies

On a sailing holiday off the Dorset coast, young Londoners Bill and Petronilla find themselves assisting a fellow sailor, Tony Rackham, in an expedition to France and back after a collision between their two boats causes his to sink.

Unfortunately for the loved-up couple, it's not before they're on the way home that they discover he is in fact smuggling a large quantity of brandy, due to be sold on to a prestigious St. James's wine merchants!

All goes well at first and Bill in particular is glad to see the back of Rackham, but soon the Customs and Excise men are on their tail, suspicious of night-time comings and goings reported by other sailors in the small port. When Tony's first driver is spooked and makes his getaway without a single barrel, and his second proves to be rather the nitwit, the mismatched band are thrown together in a desperate attempt to get across country and get rid of their cargo as quickly as possible, reviving traditional pack-pony goods transportation along the way.

Additional details

UK certificate
U
Duration
78 minutes
UK release
Tuesday 20th May 1952
Produced
1951
Distributors

Associated British Film Distribution

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 20th June 2021 at 6:00am on TPTV
  • Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 2:30pm on TPTV
  • Monday 30th November 2020 at 12:00pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Southall Studios

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