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The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 4 February 1954 (USA)
A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

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Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as Anatole De Grunwald)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Richardson ... Rev. Martin Gregory
Celia Johnson ... Jenny Gregory
Margaret Leighton ... Margaret Gregory
Denholm Elliott ... Michael Gregory
John Gregson ... David Paterson
Hugh Williams ... Richard Wyndham
Margaret Halstan Margaret Halstan ... Aunt Lydia
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Aunt Bridget (as Maureen Delany)
William Hartnell ... C / Sgt. Major
Robert Flemyng ... Major
Roland Culver ... Lord B.
John Barry John Barry ... Clubman
Dandy Nichols ... Neighbour
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A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holly and the Ivy See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wynyard Browne's original play opened at London's Duchess Theatre in 1950. Maureen Delaney and Margaret Halstan reprised their stage roles for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Aunt Bridget hands her landlady a photograph of her nephew Michael (Denholm Elliott) from the sideboard, it's a different one. The close up shot of the photo shows him in uniform as opposed to civilian dress on the sideboard. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: When you're in love, you mustn't let anything stand in the way.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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Available on DVD at last !
21 October 2009 | by jeremy-855See all my reviews

Just in time for Christmas comes a DVD available from the UK, of one of the really great Christmas film gems 'The Holly and the Ivy'. Set in a Norfolk rectory its evocation of a post-war Christmas is brought to life by the playing of Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson as the daughter. It holds no cinematic tricks and as such is just a faithful filming of a stage success. It's strength lies in the wonderful interplay between the divergent characters all coming together to spend Christmas in the Norfolk rectory. The two aunts played by Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delany are quite delightful and almost steal the show.A young Denholm Elliott is to be seen in an early role and Margaret Leighton gives a very moving performance. Just to hear the English language spoken so well by a first class cast is a joy. I love this film and will keep this one to play over the Christams period.


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