Banana Ridge (film)

Banana Ridge is a 1942 British comedy film directed by Walter C. Mycroft and starring Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton and Isabel Jeans.[1] The film is based on a 1938 stage play of the same name by Ben Travers. It was made at Welwyn Studios. Michael Denison accompanied his wife Dulcie Gray for her screen test for the film, which led some years later to his casting in his breakthrough role in My Brother Jonathan.[2] The film was a success at the box office. Hare and Drayton appeared together in another comedy Women Aren't Angels the following year.

Banana Ridge
Directed byWalter C. Mycroft
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
Written byBen Travers (play)
Lesley Storm
Walter C. Mycroft
StarringRobertson Hare
Alfred Drayton
Isabel Jeans
Nova Pilbeam
Music byHarry Acres
Marr Mackie
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited byFlora Newton
Distributed byAssociated British Picture Corporation
Release date
20 April 1942
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Two colleagues come to worry that a mysterious young man may be their son from liaisons with the same woman during the First World War. They are persuaded to give him a job at "Banana Ridge" one of the company's rubber plantations in the Malay States. The young man's romance with the bosses' daughter threatens this plan, as does his mother's plan to reveal who is his real father.




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