The Amorous Prawn

The Amorous Prawn or The Amorous Mr. Prawn is a 1962 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring Ian Carmichael, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker.[1] The film was based on a 1959 farcical play by Kimmins.[2]

The Amorous Prawn
Original film poster
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byLeslie Gilliat
Written byAnthony Kimmins (play and screenplay)
Nicholas Phipps
StarringIan Carmichael
Joan Greenwood
Cecil Parker
Music byJohn Barry
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byThelma Connell
Covent Garden Films
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • 26 November 1962 (1962-11-26) (UK)
Running time
89 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

In the United States the film was retitled The Playgirl and the War Minister to exploit the Profumo affair.[3]


General Fitzadam receives his final posting in the remote Scottish Highlands. When the General and his wife discover that they can not afford the country cottage where they plan to retire, his wife decides to run their residence as a hotel for wealthy Americans using the services of soldiers and an expert poacher.



The original play had been popular and ran for over 900 performances in the West End.[4][5]

Critical reception

Variety called the film "non-demanding light entertainment, cheerfully put over by a reliable cast of popular British thesps."[6]


  1. "The Amorous Prawn (1962)". BFI.
  2. "Production of The Amorous Prawn - Theatricalia".
  3. "The Playgirl and the War Minister (1963) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  4. Stephen Watts (25 March 1962). "Film Activities Along The Thames". The New York Times.
  5. Fairclough, Robert (22 September 2011). "This Charming Man: The Life of Ian Carmichael". Aurum Press via Google Books.
  6. Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (1 January 1962). "The Amorous Prawn".

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