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Derby Day (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 August 1952 (Sweden)
Entertaining ensemble piece dealing with several characters who are on the way to the races on Derby day. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and ... See full summary »


Herbert Wilcox


Arthur Austen (original story), John Baines (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Neagle ... Lady Helen Forbes
Michael Wilding ... David Scott
Googie Withers ... Betty Molloy
John McCallum ... Tommy Dillon
Peter Graves ... Gerald Berkeley
Suzanne Cloutier ... Michele Jolivet
Gordon Harker ... Joe Jenkins
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Gladys Jenkins
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Sir George Forbes
Alfie Bass ... Spider Wilkes
Ralph Reader Ralph Reader ... Bill Hammond
Nigel Stock ... Jim Molloy
Josephine Fitzgerald Josephine Fitzgerald ... O'Shaughnessy
Toni Edgar-Bruce Toni Edgar-Bruce ... Mrs. Harbottle-Smith
Ewan Roberts ... Studio Driver


Entertaining ensemble piece dealing with several characters who are on the way to the races on Derby day. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and lover who have murdered her husband, and the working class couple who are excited about their chance to go to the races, but end up listening to it on the radio in the car-park because they've got such a bad view. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

25 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming Michael Wilding met Elizabeth Taylor who was shooting 'Ivanhoe' at MGM British Studios, Borehamwood. They would marry on February 21 1952, with Anna Neagle and Herbert Wilcox as witnesses. See more »


Gladys Jenkins: Well, that was the Derby, that was...
Joe Jenkins: To think we waited 40 years for this!
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A Day at the English Races
11 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Derby Day tells the story of several people, a section of cross- Britainnia who are going to the Epsom Derby. At some point in the film all their lives intersect on Derby Day.

Anna Neagle is a recent aristocratic widow who has a horse in the race. She runs into Michael Wilding, a newspaper cartoonist who also lost a fiancé in the same airplane crash Neagle's husband was in. Two others have a dark secret. Googie Withers and John McCallum murdered even if by accident Withers husband and they're at Epsom Downs for him to make a connection to beat it out of the country.

Gordon Harker is a cabdriver who takes Wilding to the Derby and they stop to pick up Harker's wife Gladys Henson. They're a delightful working class couple who take joy in the simple pleasures.

My favorite is Peter Graves who is a British film star, but not of the A list. He's won by French maid Suzanne Cloutier as second prize in a studio contest. My favorite scene in the film is Graves with Wilding who's not a cinema goer, but knows Graves from military service. Graves is highly annoyed that Wilding does not recognize his celebrity.

All in all the stories both dark and light are mixed well together and it's a nice ensemble cast that delivers a good ensemble performance in Derby Day.

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