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The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy

Ralph Richardson
Director: George More O'Ferrall Cast: Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
, Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
, Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
George More O'Ferrall

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Overview

Faithfully adapted from a popular holiday play by Wynyard Browne, this moving British drama centers on a recently widowed, aging country vicar who hosts a family Christmas and learns a valuable lesson about keeping his own homefires alight before spending too much time tending the fires of others. Those coming for the holiday include his sister, his late wife's sister, and her cousin. The vicar's free-spirited youngest daughter and his son, a furloughed soldier, also show up. The preacher's eldest daughter lives with him and together they welcome their guests. The vicar is a good man and a caring fellow who spends considerable time caring for and counseling his parishioners, perhaps too much time, for he does not recognize the troubles of his own clan. His devoted oldest daughter quietly deals with a terrible dilemma. She is about to marry an engineer who has just found a long-term job overseas. She wants desperately to be with him, but will not leave her beloved father who seems to need her so much. Her little sister also has trouble. While in the city she fell in love with a soldier. He impregnated her, returned to the war, and was killed. Later the child died and she has become an alcoholic, something she eventually tells her brother and sister. Meanwhile the young people's aunts, learning of the situation, ask the youngest to return home to care for her father so the eldest can marry. Unfortunately, the young woman refuses and heads off to get drunk with her brother. When the vicar learns about his daughter's troubles, he and she have an emotional reconciliation. He then moves on to make peace with the rest of his family.


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2019
UPC: 0738329240424
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 29,846

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jeremy Arnold; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Richardson Rev. Martin Gregory
Celia Johnson Jenny Gregory
Margaret Leighton Margaret Gregory
Denholm Elliott Michael "Mick" Gregory
Hugh Williams Richard Wyndham
John Gregson David Patterson
Margaret Halstan Aunt Lydia
Maureen Delaney Aunt Bridget
William Hartnell Company Sergeant-Major
Robert Flemyng Major
Roland Culver Lord B.
John Barry Clubman
Dandy Nichols Neighbor
Muir Mathieson Conductor

Technical Credits
George More O'Ferrall Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Ivy Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Bert Bates Editor
Wynyard Browne Screenwriter
Anatole de Grunwald Producer,Screenwriter
Vincent Korda Set Decoration/Design
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugh Perceval Associate Producer
Fred Pusey Set Decoration/Design
Edward Scaife Cinematographer

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