The Card

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"He's the cheekiest man in town!"
  • Approved
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 7.1  (1,766)

The Card is a delightful comedy film from 1952 that showcases the talents of Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, and Valerie Hobson. The movie is a wonderful adaptation of Arnold Bennett's novel of the same name and follows the story of a young man named Denry Machin who is determined to climb the social ladder and achieve wealth and fame.

Set in the early 1900s, the movie opens with Denry Machin working as a clerk in a factory. He dreams of becoming someone influential and respected in his community, but he's not sure how to achieve it. However, he gets his big break when he crashes a fancy ball and ends up winning a wager by being the first to dance with the mysterious lady of the night.

Denry becomes an instant celebrity and gains the nickname 'The Card' for his cheeky and audacious personality. He begins to climb the social ladder and becomes involved with influential people, including the wealthy Mrs. Machin, played by Valerie Hobson. Denry uses his charm and wit to win over his acquaintances and becomes a master at creating opportunities for himself.

The film takes many twists and turns as Denry's plans often backfire, causing him to lose everything he's gained. Still, he never gives up and continually finds a way to come out on top. Along the way, he falls in love with Ruth Earp, played by Glynis Johns, but their relationship is hampered by the social conventions of their time.

Alec Guinness delivers a mesmerizing performance as Denry Machin, showcasing his range as an actor. He's charming and charismatic, but he can also be ruthless and cunning when he needs to be. Guinness's portrayal of Denry's transformation from a lowly clerk to a wealthy social climber is entertaining to watch, and his timing is impeccable.

Glynis Johns provides an excellent contrast to Guinness's Denry in her role as Ruth Earp. Johns is undeniably charming, and her scenes with Guinness are especially enjoyable. They have great chemistry, and their dynamic reflects the social mores of their time.

Valerie Hobson's Mrs. Machin is just as delightful, and her performance is critical to the plot's twists and turns. Hobson's character is often cutthroat and scheming, but she's also vulnerable and ultimately a sympathetic character.

Overall, The Card is a fun, lighthearted comedy that delivers an enjoyable story with excellent performances from its cast. Despite being made nearly seventy years ago, the film's themes of ambition, love, and class are still relatable today. It's a perfect movie for anyone looking for a good laugh and a reminder that sometimes in life, one needs to be audacious and take a chance to succeed.

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    7.1  (1,766)