This Week Of Grace. Gracie Fields.

This Week Of Grace

1933 British comedy film about a working-class girl. Stars Gracie Fields, Henry Kendall, Douglas Wakefield, Frank Pettingell, Minnie Rayner and others.

This Week Of Grace. Gracie Fields.

This Week Of Grace

A working-class girl and her family are given the opportunity to run a country estate by an eccentric Duchess

Genre
Film
Released
1933
Starring
Gracie Fields, Henry Kendall, Douglas Wakefield, Frank Pettingell, Minnie Rayner, John Stuart, Helen Haye, Marjorie Brookes and others
Writers
Nell Emerald, Maurice Braddell, H. Fowler Mear and Jack Marks
Director
Maurice Elvey
Producer
Julius Hagen

Freshly sacked from the mill, and with her father's motor garage offering no more hope of sustaining the family, Gracie Milroy is far down on her luck. Having read about the good fortune of a similar working-class girl in the local newspaper, a chance encounter in a nearby park sees Gracie unknowingly fall in favour with an eccentric Duchess.

Gracie's soon shocked to learn she's been placed in charge of Swinford Castle, the Duchess's country's seat: her step-sister and nephew having failed to make a financial or agricultural success of the estate, she reasons that giving an honest outsider a chance can be no worse.

Upon arrival, Gracie meets Lord Clive Swinford and his mother, Lady Walmington, who are about to vacate the house in her favour. He is an honest and well-meaning man - perhaps hindered by his mother's snobbishness - and she soon asks him to stay on as her assistant and bailiff. However, neither his fiancée, mother, nor the rest of the county set take much pleasure in the Milroys' presence in the ancient home!

Librarian Henry, meanwhile, takes a similar shine to Gracie as the Duchess did and begins tutoring her from the castle's collection of literature and reference works. As the months pass, her endeavours - both in the makeshift classroom and on the wider estate - begin to bear fruit.

Production Details

UK certificate
U
Duration
92 minutes
Release date
1933
Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Tuesday 11th August 2020 at 6:00am on TPTV

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