Spring in Park Lane
is a 1948 British romantic comedy film
directed by Herbert Wilcox
Based on the novel Come Out of the Kitchen
by Alice Duer Miller
, it tells the story of a footman, Richard, played by Michael Wilding
, who is employed by Joshua Howard (Tom Walls
), an eccentric art collector. His niece and secretary, Judy (Anna Neagle
), has her doubts that Richard is the footman he pretends to be. In reality he is Lord Brent, brother of one of Judy's suitors, the Marquis of Borechester (Nicholas Phipps).
He went to America to sell some old paintings to restore the family fortunes but on the way back receives a message that the cheque he was given for the paintings is invalid. He decides to hide until he can save enough money to return to America, and assumes the identity of a footman. He and Judy fall in love, and as he is about to return to America they discover that the purchaser's cheque is valid after all.
Released two years after the peak year for cinema attendances in the United Kingdom, it nevertheless was substantially more successful than other contemporary releases, becoming the most successful film release of 1948 in the United Kingdom, and in a 2004 survey by the BFI
it was rated 5th in the all-time attendance figures for the United Kingdom, with total attendance of 20.5 million, still the largest figure for a wholly British made film. BFI Screenonline, retrieved May... Read More