Value for Money (1955)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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John Gregson stars as Chayley Broadbent, a young Yorkshire businessman leading a dull, perfunctory life. He inherits a sizeable fortune, plus a prosperous textile factory, from his wealthy father. Soon after, he has a fight with his straight-laced girlfriend, Ethel (Susan Stephen) and leaves her, taking off for London. Once there, he plunges into the nightclub circuit, falling in love with showgirl Diana Dors. But she mistakes him for an impoverished chap and thus rejects his marriage proposal. When she finally figures out the truth, she makes a beeline for him, but by then he's onto her golddigging motives and instead opts to return to Ethel. Adapted from a novel by Derick Boothroyd, Value for Money shows no shame in trotting out all the cliches and obvious comic set-ups indigenous to this sort of film farce.

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fortune [wealth], inheritance, greed, love, millionaire, values, golddigger, romance, showgirl, girl, jilted, wealth, father, proposal [romantic], suspicion