Next to No Time

Next to No Time is a 1958 British comedy, filmed in colour, starring Kenneth More, Betsy Drake, John Laurie, Sid James and Irene Handl. It was written and directed by Henry Cornelius and was based on Paul Gallico's short story "The Enchanted Hour".[1]

Next to No Time
Original UK 1-sheet poster
Directed byHenry Cornelius
Produced byAlbert Fennell
Written byHenry Cornelius
Based on"The Enchanted Hour" (short story)
by Paul Gallico
StarringKenneth More
Betsy Drake
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyFreddie Francis
Edited byPeter R. Hunt
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • August 1958 (1958-08)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A mild-mannered British planning engineer is sent across the Atlantic by his firm to negotiate a deal, a task for which he feels hugely out of his depth. However, a friendly barman, with the help of one of his special cocktails, convinces him that his personality changes during the hour when the clocks on the ship are stopped when it enters a new time zone in its progress west.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Cornelius' little frolic is very much like the bubbles cascading around the opening title and credits—thin, transparent and bouncy."[2] Radio Times called it a "pleasant time-killer".[3]


  1. "Next to No Time! (1958)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. Thompson, Howard (28 May 1960). "Movie Review – Next to No Time – Screen: Breezy Charade:' Next to No Time' Bows at Little Carnegie". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. Jenkinson, Philip (18 November 1971). "This Week's Films". Radio Times. Vol. 193 no. 2506. BBC. p. 11.

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