All for Mary

All for Mary is a 1955 British comedy film brought to the screen by Paul Soskin Productions for The Rank Organisation. It was based on a successful West End play by the English husband and wife team of Kay Bannerman and Harold Brooke.[1] It was directed by Wendy Toye, produced by Paul Soskin with the screenplay by Paul Soskin and Peter Blackmore. It starred Nigel Patrick, David Tomlinson, Jill Day and Kathleen Harrison. Eastmancolor Cinematography was by Reginald H. Wyer.[2][3][4]

All for Mary
Directed byWendy Toye
Produced byJ. Arthur Rank
Paul Soskin
Written byPeter Blackmore
Paul Soskin
Alan Melville (additional dialogue)
Based onthe play All for Mary
by Harold Brocke & Kay Bannerman
StarringNigel Patrick
Kathleen Harrison
David Tomlinson
Jill Day
Music byRobert Farnon
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 21 December 1955 (1955-12-21)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The story concerns two young bachelors taking separate skiing holidays at the same resort. Clive Morton (Nigel Patrick) and "Humpy" Miller (David Tomlinson) have nothing whatsoever in common—except for one thing, both men fall for the hotel proprietor's daughter Mary (Jill Day). As the story progresses Clive, a debonair soldier and sportsman gets quickly into his stride as poor "Humpy" a clumsy, incongruous fellow looks on dumbly.

However, "Humpy" has a secret weapon, Miss Cartwright (Kathleen Harrison) his former nanny who arrives just as the pair are quarantined in the hotel attic after contracting chicken pox. Quickly realising Humpy's predicament she skillfully arranges for the removal of the opposition, leaving the way clear for "Humpy".


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "This tired old formula is given the standard British treatment, resulting in an enjoyable, but far from classic comedy."[5]


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