Autumn Crocus

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Time Out says

Despite the skimpy story and makeshift construction - the Alpine location stuff was shot by Carol Reed without the cast - this adaptation of Dodie Smith's first play emerges as a rich evocation of the hopes and dreams of the '30s. Meandering between farce, fairytale and doomed romance, the film gently explores the Cinderella story of an ageing schoolmistress who discovers her Prince is a happily married man. Compton, emanating an intensely wistful beauty, progresses convincingly from virginal exuberance to a sad knowlege that fantasy is best left as fantasy. The presence of slyly camp Novello, looking like an overgrown boy scout in his Tyrolean lederhosen, and an array of grubbily eccentric character actors (Hawkins unrecognisable as a sex-obsessed psychiatrist) obviates the danger of maudlin sentimentality.
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Release details

UK release:

1934

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Art Director:

Edward Carrick

Cast:

Fay Compton, Ivor Novello, Jack Hawkins, Diana Beaumont, Muriel Aked, George Zucco, Esme Church

Producer:

Basil Dean

Director:

Basil Dean

Cinematography:

Robert G Martin

Screenwriter:

Basil Dean

Editor:

Walter Stern

Music:

Ernest Irving

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