Legendary actor Alec Guinness stars in rags-to-riches comedy The Card adapted from an Arnold Bennett novel about a poor young student who eventually becomes mayor of his town. The film follows his life from high school, when he changes the grade on his entrance exam, through his years climbing the business ladder from lowly law clerk to entrepreneur and, finally, politician.
Director Ronald Neame, who cast Alec Guinness in The Card , first saw him on stage in 1939 playing Herbert Pocket in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. After the war Neame and David Lean cast Guinness in the 1946 film adaptation of the Dickens classic, Guinness’s breakthrough screen performance.
Known as The Promoter in the US.
Alec Guinness as Edward Henry ‘Denry’ Machin
Glynis Johns as Ruth Earp
Valerie Hobson as Countess of Chell
Petula Clark as Nellie Cotterill
Edward Chapman as Herbert Duncalf
Veronica Turleigh as Mrs. Machin
George Devine as Mr. H. Calvert
Joan Hickson as Mrs. Codleyn
Frank Pettingell as Police Superintendent
Gibb McLaughlin as Emery
Joey the Mule as Himself
Director: Ronald Neame
Screenplay: Eric Ambler
Producer: John Bryan
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Clive Donner
Composer: William Alwyn
Production Designer: T. Hopewell Ash
Year of Release: 1952
Duration: 85 minutes