Laburnum Grove (1936)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Though director Carol Reed seldom included Laburnham Grove on his resumé, he allowed that it was quite successful, and a cut above the minor programmers he was usually assigned in the mid-1930s. Based on a novel by J. B. Priestley, the film stars Edmund Gwenn as Mr. Radfern -- solid citizen by day, counterfeiter by night. Saddled with a pack of tedious in-laws, Radfern decides to dispose of them by handing them a roll of "funny money" and inviting them to shop in town to their heart's content. He then skips town, secure in the knowledge that his unwelcome guests will soon be rounded up by the authorities. Edmund Gwenn would later play a more benign (and less skilled) counterfeiter in the 1950 Hollywood production Mister 880.

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counterfeit, frame-up, in-law