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

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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).

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Country:  UK | London Films | 124 minutes
Release Year: 1944

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Writers and Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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Eric Portman as Thomas Colpeper, JP
Sheila Sim as Alison Smith
Esmond Knight as Narrator / Seven-Sisters Soldier / Village Idiot
Charles Hawtrey as Thomas Duckett
Dennis Price as Peter Gibbs
Hay Petrie as Woodcock
Eliot Makeham as Organist
Edward Rigby as Jim Horton
Freda Jackson as Prudence Honeywood
George Merritt as Ned Horton
Betty Jardine as Fee Baker
John Sweet as Bob Johnson


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