A Yank in Ermine

A Yank in Ermine is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Gordon Parry and starring Peter M. Thompson, Noelle Middleton, Harold Lloyd Jr. and Diana Decker, and featuring Jon Pertwee and Sid James.[1] It was adapted by John Paddy Carstairs from his own novel "Solid! Said The Earl".[2] The film includes the song "Honey, You Can't Love Two", sung by Decker and written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle.[3][4]

A Yank in Ermine
Directed byGordon Parry
Produced byWilliam Gell
Written byJohn Baines
Based onnovel by John Paddy Carstairs
StarringPeter Thompson
Jon Pertwee
Sid James
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byLito Carruthers
Release date
  • 12 December 1955 (1955-12-12) (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An American airman (Thompson) inherits from a distant cousin the title of Earl and a house and estate in an English village. Although he is initially reluctant, his fiance (Decker) encourages him to accept it, after she hears how much the estate is worth. When he arrives in England with his two buddies (Pertwee and Lloyd Jr.), he falls for the daughter (Middleton) of the owner of the neighbouring estate - but she is also engaged to be married. (A scene at Heathrow Airport shows a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the colours of B.O.A.C.)


Critical reception

In the Radio Times, David Parkinson wrote "What few bright moments there are come from the late Jon Pertwee, who, fittingly, made his film debut in A Yank at Oxford, and Harold Lloyd Jr, the son of the silent screen legend."[5]


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