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The Admirable Crichton (1957)





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An aristocratic British family and their servants are stranded on a desert island in this comedy, based on the popular play by James M. Barrie. The pressures of island existence soon result in a reversal of the social order, with the efficient butler becoming ruler and the aristocrats becoming servants.


Kenneth More
as Bill Crichton
Martita Hunt
as Lady Brocklehurst
Sally Ann Howes
as Lady Mary
Cecil Parker
as Lord Loam
Jack Watling
as Treherne
Peter Graves
as Brocklehurst
Mercy Haystead
as Catherine
Eddie Byrne
as Captain
Joan Young
as Mrs. Perkins
Peter Welch II
as Rolleston
Toke Townley
as Lovegrove
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Critic Reviews for The Admirable Crichton

All Critics (2)

It's all built around quips over class conflict.

February 19, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The breezy Kenneth More, although not ideally cast, likeably portrays an impeccable butler...the old satiric comedy by Sir James Barrie still makes an interesting story, and the cast is skillful.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Admirable Crichton

I never even heard of this film, but what a gem it is! Brit social conventions are the target here as a snooty family of royals find their prejudices tested once stranded on the ever clichéd desert island. The cast is great in both settings, at home in high society and once roughing it in the wild, too. Another one to look for, and well worth the looking.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

To say they don't really make them like this anymore is a bit of a lie as the Madonna disaster 'Swept Away' uses a lot of elements from this story. It would be safer to say they don't make them as good as this nowadays. Here we have the ever reliable More (a mainstay of 50's British films) as the title character teaching the family he works for what it is to be a human being and falling in love along the way. The film looks great (the island looks just like the one in 'Swiss Family Robinson') and a great cast. A perfect Sunday afternoon film. Just sit back and enjoy.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

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