London Belongs To Me (Individual 1948, Richard Attenborough, Alastair Sim)

London Belongs To Me 1948 Richard Attenborough

In London Belongs To Me Garage mechanic Richard Attenborough and his mother Gladys Henson are living in a typical south London boarding house in 1939. Also living there are fake medium Alastair Sim; Susan Shaw, her retired father Wylie Watson and mother Fay Compton; Soho nightclub attendant Ivy St Helier; and lonely landlady Joyce Carey. Life there is uneventful until Attenborough, needing money to convince Shaw that he loves her, steals a car, resulting in the accidental death of his former girlfriend Eleanor Summerfield. Traced by detective Andrew Crawford, who hopes to marry Shaw, Attenborough is charged with murder. The lodgers rally to his defence but he is convicted. Stephen Murray organizes a petition to the Home Secretary and there is a march to Westminster.

Director Sidney Gilliat and J B Williams’ adaptation of Norman Collins’ best-selling novel impressively retains the thrust and flavour of the original and Gilliat elicited a memorable series of performances from the exemplary supporting players, led by Compton, Murray, Watson, St Helier, Carey, Crawford and Shaw, as were cameos by Ivor Barnard as a judge and Cecil Trouncer’s prosecuting counsel.

London Belongs To Me Alastair Sim

A somewhat unsavoury performance from Alastair Sim as a fake medium.

Cast: Richard Attenborough, Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Stephen Murray, Wylie Watson, Susan Shaw, Ivy St Helier, Joyce Carey, Gladys Henson

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Writers: Sidney Gilliat, J B Williams, from the novel by Norman Collins

Production Companies: Individual Pictures
Release Date: 5 November 1948
Running Time: 107 minutes
Genres: Comedy
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

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