Just William's Luck (film)

Just William's Luck is a 1947 British comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring William Graham, Garry Marsh and Jane Welsh.[1] The film was based on the Just William series of books by Richmal Crompton. Crompton was impressed with the film and wrote a novel Just William's Luck based on the events of the film. The following year a second film William Comes to Town was made.

Just William's Luck
Cover of the "making of" book
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byJames A. Carter (as James Carter)
Written byRichmal Crompton
Val Guest
StarringWilliam Graham
Garry Marsh
Music byRobert Farnon
CinematographyLeslie Rowson (uncredited)
Edited byAnne Barker
Distributed byUnited Artists Corporation
Release date
17 December 1947 (London) (UK)
Running time
92 min.


William and his gang, "The Outlaws" investigate a haunted house.


Critical reception

Radio Times wrote, "while William Graham captures something of the scruffy boisterousness of Richmal Crompton's timeless comic creation, director Val Guest's screenplay smoothes away the rougher edges to produce a sanitised tale of childhood mayhem, suitable for young eyes. The same paternalism dogged the sequel, William at the Circus";[2] while Sky Movies wrote, "it's a lively romp with a jolly knockabout climax in a house that William and his gang of `outlaws' are trying to haunt."[3]


  • Collins, Fiona & Ridgman, Jeremy. Turning the Page: Children's Literature in Performance and the Media. Peter Lang, 2006.


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