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 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. "