My Wife's Family (1956 film)

My Wife's Family is a 1956 British comedy film directed by Gilbert Gunn and starring Ronald Shiner as Doc Knott, Ted Ray, Greta Gynt, Diane Hart and Robertson Hare.[1][2] It was a remake of the 1941 British film My Wife's Family,[3] and is the third British film of the stage farce of the same name by actor Fred Duprez.[4]

My Wife's Family
Original British quad poster
Directed byGilbert Gunn
Produced byHamilton G. Inglis
Written byGilbert Gunn
Talbot Rothwell
Based onthe play by Fred Duprez
StarringRonald Shiner
Ted Ray
Greta Gynt
Robertson Hare
Music byRay Martin
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Forth Films
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
November 1956 (UK)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Jack Gay, a newlywed with a dominating mother-in-law attempts to surprise his wife Stella with a baby grand piano, but when she overhears him discussing it, she mistakes it for an illegitimate child, particularly with the arrival of his ex girlfriend, the blonde and glamorous Gloria Marsh.[4]


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "The third screen version of Fred Duprez's play proves once and for all there's no hope of reviving the dead...Overplayed without shame, but that doesn't help the ancient jokes any."[5] Sky Movies noted a "broad comedy, with Ronald Shiner and Ted Ray extracting the maximum number of laughs out of the mother-in-law-coming-to-stay situation. Fabia Drake gives a sharply-observed portrait of the old battleaxe."[6]


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