Laburnum Grove

Laburnum Grove is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Carol Reed and starring Edmund Gwenn, Cedric Hardwicke and Victoria Hopper.[1] It was based on the 1933 play of the same name written by J. B. Priestley.[2]

Laburnum Grove
Directed byCarol Reed
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byJ.B. Priestley (play)
Anthony Kimmins
Gordon Wellesley
StarringEdmund Gwenn
Cedric Hardwicke
Victoria Hopper
Ethel Coleridge
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byAssociated British (UK)
Release date
  • 16 November 1936 (1936-11-16) (UK)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

To rid himself of his sponging relatives a man tells them he is really a forger which causes them to leave. His wife believes he is joking, but he has in fact allowed the truth to slip out and now he is in danger of being arrested.[3]



In 1936, Heinemann, London issued, in hardcover, J.B. Priestley's Laburnum Grove "based on the famous stage play & film" by Ruth Holland.[4] This book marked the second "collaboration" between Holland and Priestley, as she had three years before novelized his play Dangerous Corner.[5] Ms. Holland was at the time known for at least one work of popular contemporary fiction of her own, The Lost Generation, a wartime novel.[6] She was also, by way of Priestley's second marriage, his sister-in-law.[7]


Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a good review, noting that "here at last is an English film one can unreservedly praise". Green characterized the film as "thoroughly workmanlike and unpretentious", and praised director Reed for his difficult and successful adaptation of Priestley's original play.[8]



  • Evans, Peter William. Carol Reed. Manchester University Press, 2005.
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