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. The film was based on a 1959 farcical play by Kimmins.
|The Amorous Prawn|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Leslie Gilliat|
|Written by||Anthony Kimmins (play and screenplay)|
|Music by||John Barry|
|Edited by||Thelma Connell|
Covent Garden Films
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
In the United States the film was retitled The Playgirl and the War Minister to exploit the Profumo affair.
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.
- Ian Carmichael - Corporal Sidney Green
- Joan Greenwood - Lady Dodo Fitzadam
- Cecil Parker - General Sir Hamish Fitzadam
- Dennis Price - Prawn (Mr Vernon)
- Robert Beatty - Larry Hoffman
- Liz Fraser - Private Suzie Tidmarsh
- Finlay Currie - Lochaye
- Robert Nichols - Sam Goulansky
- Bridget Armstrong - Private Biddy O'Hara
- Harry Locke - Albert Huggin
- Derek Nimmo - Private Willie Maltravers
- Roddy McMillan - Private McTavish
- Sandra Dorne - Busty Babs
- Michael Ripper - Angus
- Roberta Desti - Jeweller's Assistant
- Patrick Jordan - Sergeant at Guard
- Godfrey James - Sergeant at Exchange
- Gerald Sim - 1st Telephone Operator
- Geoffrey Bayldon - 2nd Telephone Operator
- Eric Woodburn - Publican
- John Dunbar - 1st Pub Customer
- Jack Stewart - 2nd Pub Customer
- Drew Russell - Airman
- Eric Francis - Jimmy - the Policeman
- Michael Hunt - RAF Sergeant
- Reg Lye - Uncle Joe (the poacher)
The original play had been popular and ran for over 900 performances in the West End.
Variety called the film "non-demanding light entertainment, cheerfully put over by a reliable cast of popular British thesps."
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- "Production of The Amorous Prawn - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
- "The Playgirl and the War Minister (1963) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
- Stephen Watts (25 March 1962). "Film Activities Along The Thames". The New York Times.
- Fairclough, Robert (22 September 2011). "This Charming Man: The Life of Ian Carmichael". Aurum Press – via Google Books.
- Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (1 January 1962). "The Amorous Prawn".