Stop Press Girl

Stop Press Girl is a 1949 British fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Barry and starring Sally Ann Howes, Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne; the latter two appearing in several different roles in the film.[2]

Stop Press Girl
Directed byMichael Barry
Produced byJohn Croydon
Screenplay byT.J. Morrison
Based onan original story by T.J Morrison & Basil Thomas
StarringSally Ann Howes
Gordon Jackson
James Robertson Justice
Kenneth More
Music byArthur Goehr
CinematographyCyril Bristow
Edited bySidney Hayers
Aquila Film
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 1 June 1949 (1949-06-01) (uk)
Running time
78 min[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was one of the four of David Rawnsley's films that used his "independent frame" technique, a form of back projection.


Jennifer Peters is a normal girl except for one unfortunate trait. All the women in her family stop any mechanical contrivance that they travel in. As the film progresses, Jennifer stops her boyfriend's automobile, then a train she travels in without being aware of what she does. Tension mounts when a girlfriend takes ill and Jennifer takes her job; an air hostess on a Handley Page Halton aircraft, a civil conversion of the Handley Page Halifax, wartime bomber.

Main cast

Critical reception

TV Guide called it "A British comedy with a premise that promises but never delivers";[3] whereas Allmovie wrote, "Stop Press Girl is admittedly a one-joke film, though that joke is a good one."[4]


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