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I believe it was an accepted principle of comedy that a production should be filtered through the sensibilities of `normal' people. Thus we have the McKims, as played by Dinah Sheridan (who gets top billing), and John Gregson, given more screen time and higher star billings. But I can claim no knowledge of either of them. Much better known today are the comic actor Kenneth More, (The 39 Steps) as Claverhouse. And, outstandingly, though she left us shockingly young, Kay Kendall (...Read more ›
Genevieve tells the tale of two couples, Alan McKim and his wife Wendy and Ambrose Claverhouse and his model friend Rosalind, who undertake a yearly vintage automobile rally which starts from London and ends at Brighton. En route, both Alan and Ambrose's vehicles take turns in breaking down.The resulting back-and-forth banter, compounded with the surfacing of certain old envies, turns a friendly rivalry between best chums Alan and Ambrose into a serious enmity. In the heat of the moment, Alan and Ambrose engage in a gentleman's bet of one hundred pounds as to who first gets back to London. Things, of course, then proceed to get progressively and comedically insane...
It's always neat (and a bit satisfying) to witness straight-laced, proper Englishmen turn into raving lunatics, reduced to formulating zany schemes and indulging in glorious pettiness. John Gregson as Alan, Kenneth More as Ambrose, and Kay Kendall as Rosalind are tremendous in their madcap roles. This was, in fact, Ms. Kendall's coming-out party and she was touted by critics as the next Carole Lombard. But her potential was never realized as she died of leukemia in 1959, at the age of 33.Read more ›
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One if the greatest British comedies from the early '50s, itvwas not expected to be the hit it became. The musical score is charming as are the antique cars. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Randy Roberson
Gentle movie from the 1950's .. can be engaging and suitable for many age ranges.Published 8 months ago by Sogwac
Too many spots the disk is not tracking. it is disappointing otherwise it would be a quite enjoyable movie melva michaelisPublished 21 months ago by mrs. melva michaelis
I may be wrong, but my guess is that some film producer decided that they wanted to make a movie about the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a tradition that began in 1896... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael B. Druxman
Genevieve has it all: a romance or two, adventure, misadventure, drama, comedy, turn of the century automobiles, men who love machinery and women who love and put up with them and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by david shawcross
... that I've seen it, last time was on late night TV in B&W I recall. Pleased to see crisp color filming and very clear audio. 3rd movie I've seen w/Mr. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Lawrence R. Wright
I have a friend who restores, shows, and is known nationally as a judge of these old cars. In fact, he has driven the course that is part of this movie. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Peggy
Genevieve is a very good comedy of an English married couple who own a vintage car and are in a race home in it from a car show. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Tony Marquise Jr.