Under New Management

Under New Management, also known as Honeymoon Hotel,[1] is a 1946 British comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Nat Jackley, Norman Evans and Dan Young.[2] The screenplay concerns a chimney sweep inherits a hotel and calls on a number of ex-army friends to staff it. The film was one of a number of films at the time dealing with the contemporary issue of demobilisation following the end of the Second World War.[3]

Under New Management
Directed byJohn E. Blakeley
Produced byJohn E. Blakeley
Written byStory And Scenario:
Roney Parsons
Anthony Toner
Comedy Sequences devised & arranged by:
Arthur Mertz
StarringNat Jackley
Norman Evans
Dan Young
Betty Jumel
Nicolette Roeg
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byV. Sagovsky
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (U.K.)
Release date
25 May 1946 (U.K.)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Chimney sweep Joe (Norman Evans) inherits a dilapidated hotel which, with the help of former army chums as staff, he starts to turn around. A pair of devious property developers however, attempt to buy the hotel from him, knowing that the land is due to be redeveloped, and to increase in value when an airport is built nearby.


  • Nat Jackley - Nat
  • Norman Evans - Joe Evans
  • Dan Young - Dan
  • Betty Jumel - Betty
  • Nicolette Roeg - Brenda Evans
  • Cavan O'Connor - the Strolling Vagabond
  • Michael Taylor - Reg Allen
  • Tony Dalton - Tony
  • Marianne Lincoln - Marianne
  • Bunty Meadows - Bunty
  • Lynda Ross - Speciality Act
  • John Rorke - Father Flannery
  • Aubrey Mallalieu - John Marshall
  • G.H. Mulcaster - William Barclay
  • Babs Valerie - Bride
  • Hay Petrie - Bridegroom
  • Lily Lapidus - an Hotel Guest
  • Gordon McLeod - Mr. Allen
  • Joss Ambler - Hotel Manager
  • David Keir - Colonel
  • John Allen - Norman Wade
  • Dick Beamish - Hotel Servant
  • Arthur Wollum - Hotel Servant
  • Donovan Octette - Speciality Act
  • Mendel's Female Sextette - Speciality Act
  • Percival Mackey Orchestra - Themselves



  • Mundy, John. The British musical film. Manchester University Press, 2007.

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