My Wife's Lodger

My Wife's Lodger is a 1952 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Dominic Roche, Olive Sloane and Leslie Dwyer.[1] The screenplay concerns a who soldier returns home after the Second World War only to find a spiv lodger has established himself in his place.[2][3] It was based on the play My Wife's Lodger written by Roche.[4]

My Wife's Lodger
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byDavid Dent
Written byStafford Dickens
Dominic Roche (play)
StarringDominic Roche
Olive Sloane
Leslie Dwyer
Diana Dors
Music byFrancis Essex
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Les Harris
Edited byLito Carruthers
Distributed byAdelphi Films
Release date
  • October 1952 (1952-10)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the energy of the ensemble partly makes up for the film's lack of coherence and taste."[5] The 'Daily Film Renter' (quoted in BFI Screenonline) wrote, "the acting is of the 'Ee-bai-goom' school and the dialogue is the ripe, uninhibited language of the music hall... as briny as jellied eels on Southend Pier."[4] In '', Frank Collins writes, "there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments here and the humour derived from the antics of such a dysfunctional family reflect many of the tropes that would find their way into British sitcoms of the late 1960s and 1970s where other ideological wars would be fought - based on gender, class, race and religion."[2]


  1. "My Wife's Lodger (1952)". BFI.
  2. Frank Collins. "June 2010". Cathode Ray Tube. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. "My Wife's Lodger (1953) - Maurice Elvey - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  4. "BFI Screenonline: My Wife's Lodger (1952)". Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  5. "My Wife's Lodger - TV Guide".

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