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All Over the Town (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 April 1949 (UK)
In West England, two crusading reporters revive a failing newspaper and expose local corruption, in this engaging romantic comedy.


Derek N. Twist (as Derek Twist)


R.F. Delderfield (by), Derek N. Twist (screen play) (as Derek Twist) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wooland ... Nat Hearn
Sarah Churchill Sarah Churchill ... Sally Thorpe
Cyril Cusack ... Gerald Vane
Ronald Adam ... Sam Vane
Bryan Forbes ... Trumble
James Hayter ... Baines
Fabia Drake ... Miss Gelding
John Salew John Salew ... Sleek
Edward Rigby ... Grimmett
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Burton (as Patrick Doonan)
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Beryl Hopper
Trefor Jones Trefor Jones ... Tenor
Sandra Dorne ... Marlene
J. Hubert Leslie J. Hubert Leslie ... Skinner
Henry Edwards ... Major Martindale


In West England, two crusading reporters revive a failing newspaper and expose local corruption, in this engaging romantic comedy.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 April 1949 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this film are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


Libretto for the Operetta 'The Prodigal Princess'
Music by Temple Abady (uncredited)
by Stafford Byrne
Produced by Desmond Davis (as Desmond Davies)
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Enjoyable 1948 film about a local newspaper set on the south coast of the UK
22 February 2017 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film for the first time which is a bit surprising since I am something of an aficionado about films of this vintage.What surprised me was its quality and that no UK TV network has transmitted it before to my knowledge.Well about the film.Norman Wooland's character comes back to his old job as an ace reporter on a local UK South Coast newspaper "the Clarion" under the editor played by Ronald Adam.During the war Sarah Churchill's character had taken over the reins while Norman's had served in the RAF as a flying officer.With peacetime Brian Forbes runs around town advising Norman is back on the scene so Sarah has to think about resigning her temporary job thus handing it back.

There are a lot of small time politics acted out especially the building of houses which a previous architect had designed but then had them voted down by the council.Corruption by the local council has been evident especially when a council official offers a member of the paper's staff a high place on the council waiting list in return for their support for their alternative scheme.Inevitably Sarah and Norman join forces especially after the old editor dies and Norman is appointed his replacement.Sarah had wanted to leave the confines of the local town and search elsewhere but changed her mind when Norman asks her to marry him.Thats all I will disclose of the plot.

This film has an all British cast and production team, is well written, acted and structured.I must admit that until I looked up their individual biographies on I.M.D.B I confused the actors Derrick de Marney and Norman Wooland who both have similar faces to me.As a 71 year old I was 2 in 1948 and remember tasting early post war chocolate which was rationed, staying at a bungalow in Greatstone, Kent with my late parents, elder sister and paternal grandmother and overall I rated it 7/10.

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