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Genevieve [Region 2] (1954)

Dinah Sheridan , John Gregson , Henry Cornelius  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More, Geoffrey Keen
  • Directors: Henry Cornelius
  • Writers: William Rose
  • Producers: Henry Cornelius, Earl St. John
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Genevieve [Region 2]" on IMDb

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: The plot of the thoroughly captivating British comedy Genevieve can be summed up in a sentence: Two young couples participate in the Vintage Car Rally, a yearly race from London to Brighton. The title "character" is the 1904 Darracq auto owned by John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan. The couple's friendly rivals are Kenneth More and Kay Kendall, the latter graduating to stardom on the basis of this film. At first treating the race as a lark, the two couples become increasingly--and hilariously--competitive as they near the finishing line. Among the film's plethora of small pleasures are Joyce Grenfell as a wry hotel proprietress and Arthur Wontner as an elderly car fancier. Despite the many technical gaffes and continuity errors overlooked by director Henry Cornelius, Genevieve is a uniquely British delight from beginning to end, its charm enhanced by the uncredited harmonica score of American expatriate Larry Adler. The film was a moneymaker in every country that it played, and a multi-award winner in England and abroad.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...Genevieve (1953)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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In the late 1940s and early '50s, some of the funniest films were being cranked out by the Brits, films of great wit and sly humor. Numbered among these comedies of English manners were the Ealing Studio-produced The Lavender Hill Mob, The Ladykillers, and Kind Hearts and Coronets. And then there was Genevieve, called "the best Ealing comedy that never was" by the British Film Institute. Director Henry Cornelius, formerly of Ealing Studio, had offered Genevieve to that same film company but was turned down. Big mistake for Ealing.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genevieve ~ A great British Comedy December 7, 2007
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This British comedy pits two couples and their vintage roadsters against one another in a cross-country race. This was a great movie in its day, and is much better than American road race movies.
I was a young boy when saw Genevieve (1953) in a theater in Berkeley, California in the early 1950's when it was first released. My parents had taken me along with one of my dad's faculty friends to see the movie. She was recovering from surgery at the time and literally came very close to busting her stiches. We laughed and laughed and laughed.
I am glad to see that a DVD is out, even if is a foreign edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best British comedies ever...cannot be missed September 21, 2008
In the late 1940s and early '50s, some of the funniest films were being cranked out by the Brits, films of great wit and sly humor. Numbered among these comedies of English manners were the Ealing Studio-produced The Lavender Hill Mob, The Ladykillers, and Kind Hearts and Coronets. And then there was Genevieve, called "the best Ealing comedy that never was" by the British Film Institute. Director Henry Cornelius, formerly of Ealing Studio, had offered Genevieve to that same film company but was turned down. Big mistake for Ealing.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic UK film August 26, 2008
This is a very entertaining film with talented stars. A little dated but a classic from the UK. The Korean sub titles can be turned off. Use the subtitle button on the remote rather than the menu option.
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Lust, jealousy, ruthless conniving...and that's for starters. No, this isn't a Lana Turner and John Garfield film. This is Genevieve, one of the greatest of the classic English comedies from the late Forties and early Fifties. The movie is witty, warming and, above all else, funny.

Genevieve is a 1904 Darrocq roadster, driven by the ordinarily levelheaded young barrister, Alan McKim (John Gregson), on the London to Brighton and back annual antique car rally. By his side is his indulgent and sometimes exasperated wife, Wendy (Dinah Sheridan). Joining him in a 1904 Stryker is Alan's best friend, the irrepressible Ambrose Claverhouse (Kenneth More). Joining Ambrose is the beautiful creature he hopes to have an emotional experience with overnight in Brighton, the elegant and slightly off-center Rosalind Peters (Kay Kendall). Stuffed in the Stryker's small back seat is Suzy, Rosalind's Saint Bernard. And off they go, the cars snorting and puffing, wheezing and sometimes breaking down. We have a chance to see how much the annual rally and Genevieve mean to Alan and how much Wendy, who'd rather be at a party that evening, loves him. We learn what a loud and funny man Ambrose can be, and how just below the surface is a competitive streak just waiting to break free. And we see what a beautiful creature the long-legged and fey Rosalind is, and that she just might be Ambrose's match. Says Rosalind to Wendy, "Ambrose only seems to think about two things. That silly old car - and the other thing." Says Wendy to Rosalind, "What other thing? Oh. My husband only thinks about the car."

The four reach Brighton and enough things happen to them to keep us smiling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun,fun
What a great period movie . England finally happy after the war. Sometimes over the top, but great fun.
The drive through London at the end is worth it by it's self.
Published 11 months ago by John T. foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
It's enjoyable, pretty funny, but not the funniest I've ever seen. The countryside is gorgeous and made me want to go to England NOW.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Lea
3.0 out of 5 stars wont play in the USA
I didn't even know that DVDs differ from country to county. How can I get a copy of this British movie to play for my Mom in upstate New York?
Published on January 2, 2011 by Poozy
4.0 out of 5 stars Top service but some problems with the item
I recieved the DVDfilm Genevieve after years of seeking. I was happy to find it at your website.
The delivery was quick. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by Lars √hman
5.0 out of 5 stars SpeedReaders.info Review
Genevieve
by Henry Cornelius

Had a rough day at the office? Need to escape from the pressures of modern day life, yet don't quite feel up to the continuous... Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by Speed Readers
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer on this Portuguese Import
Bad transfer on this Portuguese Import. Grainy. Might be from a well-used VHS tape. The sound has some flutter and quite a bit of clipping in the musical passages. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by pwmeek
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful british comedy
Roma,
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A delightful comedy with actors I hadn't heard of. I saw it at 13 and always remembered it. Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by Kevin Lawrence Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Find!
Got this for my sweetie and he was thrilled as he hadn't been able to find it.
Published on January 26, 2009 by Kimberly J. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Genevieve
Great movie for car buffs. Enjoyed it just as much as I did years ago when it first came out. So nice to have a comedy movie and no violence, just good natured rivalery. Read more
Published on December 22, 2008 by Shirley Blahak
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Classic
The colour is wonderful after 50 years and the old cars steal the show. The London to Brighton race of antique cars is memorialized in this comic romp. Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by Dr. Neal H. Seymour
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