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Traveller’s Joy

+ intro by BFI curator Jo Botting

Googie Withers stars in this 1950 adaptation of a smash-hit West End play.

Image from Traveller’s Joy + intro by BFI curator Jo Botting

UK 1950
Dir Ralph Thomas
With Googie Withers, John McCallum, Yolande Donlan
78min
35mm
Certificate PG

Googie Withers was one of the most versatile actors in post-war Britain – chilling as a murderess in Pink String and Sealing Wax and heart-rending as a frustrated housewife in It Always Rains on Sunday. In this film she shows her flair for comedy, as a wife reunited with her estranged husband (played by real-life spouse John McCallum) when they find themselves broke and in Sweden after the war. Adapted from a smash-hit West End play, the film was rushed into production but was shelved until the stage version finished its run. The critics weren’t bowled over, but the film’s pace and energetic performances (including Dora Bryan as a Swedish maid) make up for the slightness of the plot.

JB


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