Room for Two

Room for Two is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Frances Day, Vic Oliver and Greta Gynt.[1] The film was written by Gilbert Wakefield, based on his 1938 stage farce.[2][3] The film's Italian setting was overtaken by events, as by the time of its release Fascist Italy had entered the Second World War against Britain.[4]

Room for Two
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byVictor Katona
Written byVictor Katona
Gilbert Wakefield
Katherine Strueby
Based onplay by Gilbert Wakefield
StarringFrances Day
Vic Oliver
Greta Gynt
Basil Radford
CinematographyBryan Langley
Edited bySidney Stone
Victor Katona Productions
Distributed byGrand National Pictures
Release date
19 October 1940
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

The story takes place in Venice, where a womanising Englishman Vic Oliver takes a strong interest in a married tourist who is played by Frances Day. Oliver disguises himself in drag and gets himself hired as the Days' maid. When Day's philandering husband, played by Basil Radford, shows up, the fun starts.


Critical reception

Allmovie wrote, "when Day's philandering hubby Basil Radford comes home, the laughs start rolling in."[3]



  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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