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A major producer and distributor of classic British films of the 1950s and early 1960s, Adelphi Films is a family business, founded by Arthur Dent and subsequently managed by his two sons, Stanley and David Dent. Adelphi Films brought to the screen an amazing gathering of talented actors and directors, including the comic genius of Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Ronnie Corbett, the delightful and beautiful Diana Dors who was the heartthrob of the period, the dramatic talents of James Mason, John Gregson, Thora Hird, Prunella Scales, and director John Guillermin (DEATH ON THE NILE and THE TOWERING INFERNO), just to name a few.

British Cinema classics of the ‘50s

All of these wonderful classics noted here below have, with the help of the BFI, have been lovingly and painstakingly restored from original film elements, and are now available in High Definition. The restoration process is continuing¸ more films from the Adelphi library will become available soon.

This was a very special period in the history of British cinema, in which Adelphi Films presented the cream of British talent.   For more detailed information on the entire library, please see the Adelphi Films website here below.

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Penny Points to Paradise

Producer: Alan J Cullimore
Director: Tony Young
Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Alfred Marks, Bill Kerr.
Running Time: 77’
Year of Production: 1951

Hilarious comedy about a man who wins £100,000 who decides to vacation at a seaside resort.  Sellers' first film role demonstrates his versatility playing many roles.

Let's Go Crazy

Producer: Alan J Cullimore
Director: Alan J Cullimore
Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan.
Running Time: 34’
Year of Production: 1951

Madcap comedy short film featuring Sellers and Milligan's hilarious impersonations and comedy pranks.

Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary

Producer: David Dent
Director: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Diana Dors, Sidney James, David Tomlinson.
Running Time:80’
Year of Production: 1953

Romantic bedroom farce. Sassy, sexy Diana Dors sets her sights on a shy lawyer and finally gets her man.

My Wife's Lodger

Producer: Victor Katona
Director: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Diana Dors, Dominic Roche
Running Time: 73’
Year of Production: 1952

Comedy about working a northern class family. The husband returns from the war to find his children grown up and his wife too friendly with the lodger. His daughter the lovely Diana Dors teaches her father how to jitterbug.

Miss Tulip Stays the Night

Producer: Bill Luckwell
Director: John O. Douglas
Starring: Diana Dors, Cicely Courtneidge, Jack Hulbert, A.E. Matthews
Running Time: 68’
Year of Production: 1955

Comedy thriller with Diana Dors as a beautiful wife turned detective investigating the murder of a sweet old lady.

You Lucky People

Producer: David Dent
Director: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Tommy Trinder, Dora Bryan, Mary Parker, Rolf Harris.
Running Time: 79’
Year of Production: 1955

Rollicking British comedy that pokes fun at the rigors of army life when an enterprising salesman having to serve two weeks in the army reserves has to contend with a tough sergeant-major.

Fun at St Fanny's

Producer: David Dent
Director: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Fred Emney, Ronnie Corbett, Stanley Unwin, Cardew Robinson.
Running Time: 80’
Year of Production: 1956

Fun and romance at a boys school, with Cardew "the cad" Robinson forced to stay at school to ensure that the school continues to benefit from a legacy. Ronnie Corbett's first film.

The Great Game

Producer: Maurice Elvey
Director: Maurice Elvey
Starring: Diana Dors, Thora Hird, Glyn Houston.
Running Time: 77’
Year of Production: 1953

Comedy/Drama about football and politics in the 1950s. Diana Dors excels as the keen football fan who works for the club’s corrupt Chairman.

The Crowded Day

Producer: David Dent
Director: John Guillermin
Starring: John Gregson, Dora Bryan, Joan Hickson, Thora Hird, Vera Day, Sid James, Prunella Scales, Rachel Roberts, Richard Wattis.
Running Time: 82’
Year of Production: 1954

Bittersweet comedy drama about department store girls living in a hostel together. Comedy and romance combine with the social consequences of a single girl becoming pregnant.

Song of Paris

Producer: Roger Proudlock
Director: John Guillermin
Starring: Dennis Price,  Anne Vernon, Mischa Auer, Hermione Baddeley
Running Time: 83’
Year of Production: 1952

Directed by John Guillermin, charming romantic comedy in which a charming "English gentleman" (Price) finds himself in a duel with a dastardly French count.


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