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".
|Next to No Time|
Original UK 1-sheet poster
|Directed by||Henry Cornelius|
|Produced by||Albert Fennell|
|Written by||Henry Cornelius|
|Based on||"The Enchanted Hour" (short story)|
by Paul Gallico
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Edited by||Peter R. Hunt|
|Distributed by||British Lion Film Corporation (UK)|
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.
- Kenneth More as David Webb
- Betsy Drake as Georgia Brent
- Roland Culver as Sir Godfrey Cowan
- Harry Green as Saul Wiener
- Patrick Barr as Jerry Lane
- Maureen Connell as Mary
- Reginald Beckwith as Warren, Sir Godfrey's Secretary
- John Welsh as Steve, the Barman
- Bessie Love as Becky Wiener
- Howard Marion-Crawford as Hobbs
- Clive Morton as Wallis
- John Laurie as Abercrombie, Scottish Director
- Raymond Huntley as Factory Supervisor
- Eleanor Bryan as Susie
- Irene Handl as Greengrocer
- Sidney James as Cabin Steward
- Ferdy Mayne as Mario
- Rupert Davies as Auction organiser
- Sandra Walden as Hester
- Fred Griffiths as Customer
- Yvonne Buckingham as Mario's Girl Friend
- Valerie Buckley as American Girl
- Paul Cole as American Boy
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." Radio Times called it a "pleasant time-killer".
- "Next to No Time! (1958)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- 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.
- Jenkinson, Philip (18 November 1971). "This Week's Films". Radio Times. Vol. 193 no. 2506. BBC. p. 11.