Original title: Adelphi Collection 3

Director: John Guillermin

Cast: John Gregson, Joan Rice, Freda Jackson; Dennis Price, Anne Vernon, Mischa Auer

UK 1952/4 | Black & white | 165 mins | Comedy | Drama

Avaliable on: DVD

The third release of the BFI’s pioneering Adelphi Collection is a double bill showcasing two early films by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile). The Crowded Day (1954) is an engaging, bittersweet comedy-drama focusing on the intertwined lives of a group of shop girls working in a London department store in the 1950s, with a wonderful cast including John Gregson, Joan Rice, Dora Bryan, Thora Hird, Prunella Scales, Sid James and Dandy Nicholls; Song of Paris (1952) is a charming romantic comedy which sees an archetypal Englishman - suavely played by Dennis Price - return from a jaunt abroad to face a dastardly foreign Count in a duel for the hand of a beautiful mademoiselle.