Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Card (1952)

Academy Awards, USA 1953

Best Sound, Recording

General Film Distributors (UK)
Directed by Ronald Neame
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Alec Guinness plays an enterprising young man from a poor background in a fictional British city. He cheats to get into college, blackmails his way into a job as an assistant to a solicitor and eventually finds wealth as a loan shark to poor people who can't pay their rent on time. Naturally, he turns to politics to complete his ascension to power. He manages to find a wife in pretty Petula Clark, after ditching Glynis Johns who only wants his money. Guinness' friendly persona masks a ruthless character who seizes any opportunity to make a profit. This somewhat blunts the social criticism, not to mention leaving a bad taste in one's mouth.

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