The Calendar (1948 film)

The Calendar is a black and white 1948 British drama film directed by Arthur Crabtree and starring Greta Gynt, John McCallum, Raymond Lovell and Leslie Dwyer.[2] It is based on the 1929 play The Calendar and subsequent novel by Edgar Wallace that had previously been adapted in 1931. [3]

The Calendar
Original pressbook
Directed byArthur Crabtree
Produced byAntony Darnborough
Written byGeoffrey Kerr
Based onThe Calendar
by Edgar Wallace
StarringGreta Gynt
John McCallum
Music byArthur Wilkinson
CinematographyCyril J. Knowles
Reginald H. Wyer
Edited byJean Barker
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
26 May 1948 (London) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£92,000[1]


After losing his money at the races, a racehorse owner's (John McCallum) fiancée (Greta Gynt) jilts him and marries a lord (Raymond Lovell). Whilst drowning his sorrows, the racehorse owner becomes involved in a big-race scandal. The plot is to steal his own prize horse before a race, therefore increasing the odds in another big race, the Ascot Gold Cup. Can he successfully recoup his fortune and also win again in the romantic stakes?



There was location filming at Ascot and Hurst Park.[4]

Critical reception

Britmovie called the film a "tepid melodrama"; [5] while David Parkinson, in the Radio Times, wrote, "British cinema was heavily dependent on the mysteries of Edgar Wallace in the early talkie era. Few of these creaky thrillers were ever remade, until someone at Gainsborough Productions felt the need to bring this veritable stage warhorse under starter's orders for a second time. It's all clipped accents and impossibly earnest hamming from the of Dick Francis may find it amusing." [6]


  1. Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 210
  2. "The Calendar". BFI.
  3. "The Calendar (1948) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. "'The Calendar' Made Again As A Film". Weekly Times (4208). Victoria, Australia. 15 February 1950. p. 49. Retrieved 27 October 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "The Calendar". Archived from the original on 2 November 2014.
  6. David Parkinson. "The Calendar". RadioTimes.
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