|Made in Heaven|
Original British 3-sheet poster
|Directed by||John Paddy Carstairs|
|Produced by||George H. Brown|
|Screenplay by||George H. Brown (& original story)|
& William Douglas-Home (& original story)
A. E. Matthews
|Music by||Philip Martell (musical director)|
Ronald Hanmer (composer)
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
George H. Brown Productions (A Fanfare Production)
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
Made in Heaven is a 1952 British Technicolor comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs which stars David Tomlinson, Petula Clark and Sonja Ziemann. The screenplay was based on a story by William Douglas-Home.
Young married couple Basil (David Tomlinson) and Julie Topham (Petula Clark) enter the ancient annual Dummow Flitch Trials (in which a married couple can win a side of bacon if at the end of one year, they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'). However, the Topham's happy household, and then an entire village is thrown into chaos with the arrival of an attractive Hungarian housemaid (Sonja Ziemann).
- David Tomlinson as Basil Topham
- Petula Clark as Julie Topham
- Sonja Ziemann as Marta
- A. E. Matthews as Hillary Topham (Grandpa)
- Charles Victor as Aubrey Topham
- Sophie Stewart as Marjorie Topham
- Philip Stainton as Stanley Grimes
- Richard Wattis as Hayworth Honeycroft, the Vicar
- Michael Brennan as Sergeant Marne
- Alfie Bass as Bert Jenkins
- Dora Bryan as Ethel Jenkins
- Ferdy Mayne as István
- Athene Seyler as Miss Rosabelle Honeycroft (the Vicar's sister)
- Harold Kasket as The Fat Man
- George Bishop as The Bishop
- Margot Lister as Bishop's Wife
- John Warren as Keeper of the Wheel
- Ronnie Stevens as TV Announcer
- Gilbert Davis as TV Gent
- Stuart Latham as Porter
- Vernon Morris as Dick
- Vincent Ball as Man at Party
In 1952, Picturegoer wrote, ". . .when you get down to analysing the ingredients, it's just cream-puff comedy, really – and the least bit stale cream puff at that. The main thing though is not to analyse but to swallow it whole and enjoy it. It's well-tried and not always especially true British comedy, but the film has a happy air about it. Attractively grown-up Pet Clark turns in a sparkling performance as the doubting young wife. She manages to hold her own against the devastating eyelashes and flashing, wicked smiles of Sonja Ziemann as the hired help. But it's the old hands at this kind of comedy who really carry the fun along: David Tomlinson, Charles Victor and A. E. Matthews, as son, father and grandfather respectively, all stock characters. Yes it's all gay and merry. It has a springtime spirit – and a springtime look, too in its spruce, sunny Technicolour"; while more recently, the Radio Times concluded, "Vicar Richard Wattis and his stern sister (Athene Seyler) add considerably to the fun, which is steadily directed in an amiably sitcom-like way by John Paddy Carstairs and glossily photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth."
- "Made in Heaven (1952)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
- "Comedy and color are behind new British film boom". The Australian Women's Weekly. 1 October 1952. p. 58. Retrieved 17 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Made in Heaven". www.petulaclark.net.
- "Made in Heaven – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
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