Bond Street | 1948 | Jean Kent, Derek Farr
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Bond Street | 1948 | Jean Kent, Derek Farr

Entertaining portmanteau comedy-drama charting the events occurring during a typical 24-hour period on London’s thoroughfare Bond Street. Linking the four stories together is the impending wedding of society girl Hazel Court and Robert Flemyng. Producer Anatole de Grunwald and co-writer Terence Rattigan would later revisit the formula for Anthony Asquith’s The VIPs (1963) and The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964).

Four stories of romance and grief, happiness and suspense, come from the street which has supplied the wedding attire of Julia Chester-Barratt. Her bridal gown is nearly finished when it has to be thrust aside. Temperamental dressmaker Mrs Brawn, in the workroom, loses her temper and spoils the new dress of Mrs. Taverner. Mrs. Brawn does not like the idle rich, but she feels differently when she hears that Mrs Taverner’s war-blinded son has regained his sight, and that the new dress was wanted for six o’clock that evening, when he would see his mother for the first time for years. So, while Mrs. Brawn hurries off to the hospital where her daughter lies in childbirth, her workmates repair the dress-and the shimmering Chester-Barratt gown has to wait. The bridal veil brings about a blackmailer’s downfall and the promise of romance and happiness to his young wife, Mary.

A murder committed by Joe Marsh, and his sultry love affair with Ricki Merritt, an artist’s model, nearly deprives the bride of her pearls. Marsh steals them and hides them in Ricki’s room. But he decides that a crook can never trust a woman, so, while he holds Ricki close to him, he shoots again. He climbs through a skylight and over the rooftops, but detectives pick him up and take the revolver from him. At the last moment, the bride groom manages to free himself from a girl named Elsa who unexpectedly emerges from his past – and Julia Chester-Barratt is driven radiantly down Bond Street to her wedding.

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production details
Director: Gordon Parry.
Producer: Anatole de Grunwald.
Script: Rodney Ackland, Anatole de Grunwald and Terence Rattigan.
Cinematography: Otto Heller and Bryan Langley.
Editing: Gerald Turney-Smith.
Costume Design: Susan King-Clark and Peter McCulloch.
Original Music: Benjamin Frankel. (songs “One Night in OId Saville”, “Love Me” and “How Late is Too Late” from Adrian Foley).

cast
Jean Kent as Ricki Merritt
Roland Young as George Chester-Barrett
Kathleen Harrison as Ethel Brawn
Derek Farr as Joe Marsh
Hazel Court as Julia Chester-Barrett
Ronald Howard as Steve Winter
Paula Valenska as Elsa
Patricia Plunkett as Mary Phillips
Robert Flemyng as Frank Moody
Adrianne Allen as Mrs. Taverner
Kenneth Griffith as Len Phillips
Joan Dowling as Norma
Charles Goldner as Waiter
James McKechnie as Inspector Yarrow
Leslie Dwyer as Barman
Mary Jerrold as Miss Slennett
Hilda Bayley as Madame
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Jeweller
Bruce Seton as Sergeant
Ian Carmichael as Waiter
Amy Veness as Seamstress
John Salew as Coles
Colin Gordon as Clerk in Travel Agency
Joan Hickson as Seamstress
Jean Anderson as Dress Shop Assistant
Frith Banbury as French Doctor
Darcy Conyers as Bank Clerk
Judith Furse as Miss Lane
Muriel George as Maid
Victor Harrington as Man Entering Majestic Club (uncredited)
Tamara Lees as (uncredited)
Aubrey Mallalieu as Parkins
Miles Malleson as Minor Role (uncredited)
Clive Morton as Bank Manager
Winifred Oughton as Old Woman
Lloyd Pearson as Drunken Client
Tony Quinn as Club Doorman
Rossiter Shepherd as A Traveller (uncredited)
Marian Spencer as Aunt Lottie
John Tatum as Nightclub Patron
Ian Wilson as Extra (uncredited)

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