For Better, for Worse (1954 film)

For Better, for Worse is a 1954 British comedy film in Eastmancolor directed by J. Lee Thompson. It was based on Arthur Watkyn's play which had run for over 500 performances in the West End starring Leslie Phillips and Geraldine McEwan.[2][3]

For Better, for Worse
British theatrical poster
Directed byJ. Lee Thompson
Produced byKenneth Harper
Written byJ. Lee Thompson
Peter Myers
Based onplay by Arthur Watkyn
StarringDirk Bogarde
Music byAngela Morley (as Wally Stott)
CinematographyGuy Green
Edited byPeter Taylor
Kenwood Productions
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathe
Release date
  • 27 September 1954 (1954-09-27)
Running time
85 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£206,736 (UK)[1]

It was also known as Cocktails in the Kitchen.


A young couple - Tony and Anne (Dirk Bogarde and Susan Stephen) decide to get married, however Tony does not have the required prospects that her father (Cecil Parker) insists on, so he sets his future son-in-law some conditions before allowing the wedding.


Critical reception

Sky Movies noted "Arthur Watkyn's famous stage success has proved successful material for drama societies up and down the land - but still comes up like new in this bright little film version...Warm, human and charmingly funny domestic comedy, dressed up as fresh as paint by the colour camerawork." [4]


  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p504
  2. "SPOTLIGHT ON THE STARS". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 29 April 1954. p. 24. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  3. "For Better. For Worse | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. "For Better, For Worse - Sky Movies HD". 27 January 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2014.

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