Folly to Be Wise (1953)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Jan 19, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This low-key Launder-Gilliat production was inspired by a play by James Bridie. Alastair Sim carries the ball as Captain Paris, an army chaplain who endeavors to organize a camp show for the troops. Practically everyone with whom the Captain comes in contact is an "expert" on the sort of entertainment that the soldiers will like. Ultimately, things degenerate into a battle of egos between an effete artist and his professorial wife. The film's best scenes are those in which Captain Paris tries out his own offbeat notions of entertaining the boys in khaki. Incidentally, the title of the original Bridie play was It Depends What You Mean.

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army, artist, entertainer, show, soldier, husband-and-wife