Cardboard Cavalier

Cardboard Cavalier is a 1949 British historical comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Sid Field, Margaret Lockwood and Jerry Desmonde.[1] The film depicts a historical romance between Lord Lovelace and Nell Gwyne.

Cardboard Cavalier
Directed byWalter Forde
Produced byWalter Forde
Culley Forde
Written byNoel Langley
StarringSid Field
Margaret Lockwood
Jerry Desmonde
Music byLambert Williamson
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byAlan Jaggs
Production
company
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
29 March 1949
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

It was the last film for Forde and Field. Field died of a heart attack shortly after the film was released.[2]

Plot

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, barrow boy Sidcup Buttermeadow is unknowingly used as a spy by the exiled Charles II to pass on a message.[3]

Cast

Production

The film was part of an ambitious production programme from J. Arthur Rank to meet an increased quota for British films. His intent was to make 60 over 12 months.[4]

Sid Field's casting was announced in June 1948.[5] He made the movie after a six month tour of the US. Field's first film, London Town, had been a big flop but his popularity on stage encouraged Rank to try him again in films.[6]

Pat Roc was meant to play the role of Nell Gwynn but reportedly turned it down and was replaced by Margaret Lockwood, who was keen to play comedy again after making a number of dramas.[7][8] Field's son was born during filming on 5 August.[9]

Filming started in June 1948. It was made at Denham Studios. Production of the film was interrupted by a strike from crew members in protest over recent sackings of film workers.[10]

Filming ended in January 1949.[11]

Reception

The film was a critical and box office disappointment.

"I was terribly distressed when I read the press notices of the film", wrote Lockwood.[12]

The film was banned in Syria.[13]

References

  1. http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/28736
  2. "Comedian Sid Field Dies Suddenly". The Advertiser. 92 (28, 494). Adelaide. 4 February 1950. p. 2. Retrieved 26 October 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "CARDBOARD CAVALIER". The Australian Women's Weekly. 17 (31). 7 January 1950. p. 34. Retrieved 26 October 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "SIXTY NEW BRITISH FILMS: Programme for Year Beginning October". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, Scotland. 10 June 1948. p. 5.
  5. "Of Local Origin". New York Times. 23 June 1948. p. 32.
  6. "Sid Field to make new film". The Sun (2350). Sydney. 25 April 1948. p. 27. Retrieved 26 October 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  7. "Landis Film Shown On Suicide Day". The Mail. 37 (1, 885). Adelaide. 17 July 1948. p. 3 (Sunday Magazine). Retrieved 26 October 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  8. "Talking of TALKIES". Truth (2515). Queensland, Australia. 6 June 1948. p. 20. Retrieved 30 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  9. "Rank studios close for holidays". The Mail. 37 (1, 892). Adelaide. 4 September 1948. p. 3 (SUNDAY MAGAZINE). Retrieved 30 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  10. "FILM STRIKE". The Sunday Times. Perth. 31 October 1948. p. 12 Section: The Sunday Times Sporting Section. Retrieved 4 March 2013 via National Library of Australia.
  11. "SCREEN AND ITS STARS". Warwick Daily News (9177). Queensland, Australia. 3 January 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 30 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  12. Margaret Lockwood, "Was I Difficult?", Picturegoer, 22 April 1950 p 15
  13. "Syria Bans British Film". The Mercury. CLXXIII (25, 606). Tasmania. 15 January 1953. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
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