Canterbury Tale, A (London 1944, Eric Portman, Esmond Knight)

A Canterbury Tale

Classic British film A Canterbury Tale from director Michael Powell and screenwriter Emeric Pressburger looks at British-American relations in World War II England.

A justice of the peace in a small town takes it upon himself to protect GIs stationed nearby from the wiles of local women. His tactic is to break into girls’ rooms at night and pour glue on their heads, but when he is discovered, he takes off for Canterbury, where he and his companions discover minor miracles.

A Canterbury Tale was co-directed, co-produced and co-written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger as part of their production company, The Archers, which made many of Britain’s most respected films of the 1940s, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948).

Cast: Charles Hawtrey, Esmond Knight, George Merritt, Hay Petrie, Eric Portman, Dennis Price, Edward Rigby, Sheila Sim, Sgt. John Sweet

Writers, Producers and Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Director of Photography: Erwin Hillier
Editor: John Seabourne Sr.
Composer: Allan Gray
Production Designer: Alfred Junge

UK / London Films / 124 minutes / 1944 black and white

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