He's the cheekiest man in town!
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing - some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman...
"The Card” stars Alec Guinness as Denry Machin, a young man born poor who climbs the social ladder of early 20th century England through sometimes questionable but generally harmless means. Directed by Ronald Neame (“The Poseidon Adventure”), this mild comedy is probably more fun if you’re British as it deals so much with class, but it’s also a gentle poke at capitalism (although it seems to come down on the “pro” side).
Supporting cast includes the uniquely scratchy voiced Glynis Johns (“Mary Poppins”), Valerie Hobson (“Bride of Frankenstein”) and a very young Petula Clark*. Wilfred-Hyde-White also puts in a small appearance.
Guinness is always a pleasure to watch and while this is not a laugh-out-loud farce—and certainly not as biting…
Absolutely delightful Alec Guinness comedy about a washerwoman's son who boldly makes his way up in the world with gentle pokes at the class system - a mini-Barry Lyndon. Adorable Glynnis Johns plays his gold digger love interest. The period setting only adds to the charm. It's obviously a nostalgia piece adapted from a popular novel. I've got a real soft spot for these little British movies. Script by Eric Ambler (A Night to Remember).
The 7th film in a short Alec Guinness season
Alec Guinness plays Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin, an ambitious and likeable young man eager to make his mark in the 'world of men'.
The son of a washerwoman 'Denry' has an extra-ordinary eye for an opportunity. It's a gift that will lift him out of his humble beginnings and catapault him into another world where he is dancing with Duchesses and running for Town Mayor.
Set in t'Potteries, Staffordshire, The Card is now one of my favourite Alec Guinness films. Its a charming and beautifully acted comedy with a supporting cast that includes the lovely Valerie Hobson as the Countess of Chell and the wonderful Glynis Johns.
Johns plays the part of Ruth Earp, a shameless, extravagant, high maintenance gold-digger to absolute perfection. It's a performance that is worth the admission fee alone.
Available on You Tube, albeit in 9 parts.
"Denry (Alec Guinness) is a washerwoman's son, who has ideas above his station, and is prepared to make them come to fruition by almost any means. Guinness' acting is a delight in this film. "