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Alec Guiness stars as a poor but enterprising young man who uses his charm and wits to become a success, in this appealing comedy.

Starring:
Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

The Card

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Ronald Neame
Starring Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns
Supporting actors Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark, Edward Chapman, Veronica Turleigh, George Devine, Joan Hickson, Frank Pettingell, Gibb McLaughlin, Joey the Mule, Peter Copley, Mark Daly, Deidre Doyle, Henry Edwards, Lyn Evans, Tom Gill, Harold Goodwin, Matthew Guinness, May Hallatt
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Lighthearted and highly entertaining.
Mary A. Rodriguez
This is one of the British postwar movies, who created the reputations of British films.
LostinGermany
This is the only movie I can think of which shows how to make money.
Mark Rufo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth on October 21, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Alec Guinness was one of the best actors of his day and this movie displays this well. In this is he plays a dishonest promoter. But his character is likable and not malicious. He starts out at the beginning as a worker at a morgage company and at the end is a mayor. Along the way you see the mischievous ways he builds himself to the top.

Glynis Johns is especially good as a gold digger he meets. His reply to her about her gold digging is very amusing. Other than Alec the second reason I got this was because it stars a very young brunette Petula Clark. Unfortunately her character is under developed.

The Promoter is not in the league of his other movies like Last Holiday and The Ladykillers but it's enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Pfeffer on December 12, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie will delight fans of the British Ealing comedies of the post-WW II era and also Alec Guinness fans. It's not as well-known or as slick as "The Lady Killers" or "The Man in the White Suit" and hasn't been issued in NTSC disc format since the old laserdisc edition under its U.S. title of "The Promoter." So U.S. customers will need a PAL/NTSC/all-region DVD player, such as the Panasonic DVD-S68. "The Card" is based on an Arnold Bennett story about a spunky young man from a poor working-class family who rises to wealth and power by using his wits, not worrying too much about scruples, and never passing up an opportunity to advance--at someone else's expense if necessary. The women in his life, other than his gruff mom, include Gwyneth Johns and Petula Clark before she gained fame as a singing star. Though some of the humor is pretty broad, this is an intelligent movie, not a sappy British farrago like, say, the St. Trinian's, Carry On, or Frankie Howerd series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ellemontag2" on March 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Alec Guiness is an opportunistic young man on his way up in the world. He sets out to make his fortune, by hook or by crook. Rising above his class, he succeeds in a most charming way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rufo on April 30, 2014
Format: DVD
First I should say that I saw this film on VHS under the American title "The Promoter" - although the U.K. title is what shows on the screen. I had seen it once before on television and was struck by something unique about it. This is the only movie I can think of which shows how to make money. In other films, people just have money, or they find it, or they steal it. If someone in the film makes money, he makes it off screen and you never really find out how. Either that or he makes it in such a fantastic way that it could never happen in real life. But here we see Guinness' character from childhood as the only son of a washerwoman, and by the end of the film he is rich, respected, and the mayor of his city. The wonder of this film is that we actually see HOW this happens - and how it all could happen in reality.
Isn't it strange that money is such a big part of life but how to make it is treated like a dirty secret? You can see every sex act you can imagine (and quite a few that you can't) in some movie. You can see other planets and other dimensions. But you never see how someone poor can make himself rich - not through winning a game show or a lottery or idiocy like that, which is just to trick the poor into staying poor. It's as if there's a conspiracy between people who think the rich got their money from God, and bleeding hearts who think the poor are so beaten down that they could never in a million years lift themselves up.
This movie ought to be shown to young people everywhere on earth. It teaches the lesson that there is no limit to how high you can rise up ON YOUR OWN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CT Baltimore on January 4, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Really a comic treasure. If all you know of Guinness is Star Wars and Shakespeare, give this one try. Lavender Hill Gang, Our Man in Havana, and The Card, Sir Alec was a comedic "everyman" reaching for success with outlandish results/consequences.
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This is one of the British postwar movies, who created the reputations of British films. Funny story, intellegent
acting. Guinness is brilliant as always. A feel good movie.
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Alec Guinness is all it takes to make a good movie to me. But this has more, clever dialog, good English humor all making it worth the time. Lots of good laughs. Oh, that Hollywood could do as well.
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By Promise on July 13, 2013
Format: VHS Tape
I love Alec Guiness but I confess that I found this film to be a little slow and silly. Despite some good performances, including that of Glynnis Johns, I had a hard time sticking with it. It took me two nights to get through it. Guiness plays the sweet, likable character we have all come to love. If you are a die-hard fan you might enjoy this. Just don't expect the quality of films for which he is most loved.
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