Medal for the General
|Medal for the General|
Godfrey Tearle (second from left) and Petula Clark (third from left) in a scene from the film
|Directed by||Maurice Elvey|
|Produced by||Louis H. Jackson|
|Written by||Elizabeth Baron|
Based on the novel by James Ronald
Jeanne de Casalis
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Edited by||Grace Garland|
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation (UK)|
Four Continents Films (US)
The title character is Victor Church, a World War I veteran who becomes despondent when his advancing age prevents him from playing an active role in the battles of World War II. Feeling unwanted and useless, he retreats to his country estate and plans his suicide. He finds a new purpose in life when he opens his home to six rambunctious Cockney children evacuated from the London slums and tries to keep the mischievous group under control.
- Godfrey Tearle as Gen. Victor Church
- Jeanne de Casalis as Lady Frome
- Morland Graham as Bates
- Mabel Constanduros as Mrs. Bates
- John Laurie as McNab
- Patric Curwen as Dr. Sargeant
- Thorley Walters as Andrew
- Alec Faversham as Hank
- Michael Lambart as Lord Ottershaw
- Irene Handl as Mrs. Famsworth
- Rosalyn Boulter as Billetting Officer
- Petula Clark as Irma
Director Maurice Elvey was still searching for a young girl to portray the precocious orphan Irma when he attended a charity concert to benefit the National Fire Service at Royal Albert Hall. On the bill was eleven-year-old Petula Clark, who in addition to singing appeared in a comedy sketch written by her father. Elvey was so impressed by her performance he went backstage and offered her the role in his film. The following year he cast her in I Know Where I'm Going!, and the two reunited for the 1954 film The Happiness of Three Women.
The Times said, "Medal for the General is hardly a subtle or intellectual film, but it is warmhearted and the acting and direction show tact and good sense throughout."
The Daily Telegraph thought the story "is hardly promising material, and the sentimental way in which it is treated does nothing to make it more palatable."
- Petula Clark Film Companion London: Meeting Point Publications 1998
- Kon, Andrea, This is My Song: A Biography of Petula Clark. London: W.H. Allen 1983. ISBN 0-491-02898-9. pp. 44-45