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

Brandy For The Parson

1952 British comedy film about a pair of unwitting smugglers. Stars James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper, Charles Hawtrey and others.

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.

Brandy For The Parson

British comedy about a young couple who accidentally become involved in brandy smuggling

Genre
Film
Released
1952
Creator
Geoffrey Household
Starring
James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper, Charles Hawtrey, Michael Trubshawe, Arthur Wontner, Alfie Bass and others
Writers
John Dighton and W. L. Meade
Director
John Eldridge
Producer
John Grierson

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.

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