|The Holly and the Ivy|
Original Australian film poster
|Directed by||George More O'Ferrall|
|Produced by||Anatole de Grunwald|
Anatole de Grunwald
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Edited by||Bert Bates|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
83 minutes (UK)|
80 minutes (U.S.)
|Box office||£110,540 (UK)|
The Holly and the Ivy is a 1952 British drama film directed by George More O'Ferrall and produced by Anatole de Grunwald. Adapted from a play by Wynyard Browne, it is about an English clergyman whose neglect of his grown offspring, in his zeal to tend to his parishioners, comes to the surface at a Christmas family gathering. Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, and Margaret Leighton star, while Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delany reprised their roles from the stage. It had its U.S release in 1954.
According to the November 2009 Moviemail Catalogue, "Russian screen writer Anatole de Grunwald imbues this poignant adaptation of Wynward Browne's West End stage hit with Chekhov's spirit and relocates the Russian's genius for deftly drawn characters to a rambling Norfolk parsonage on Christmas Eve. [...] while The Holly and The Ivy now radiates a nostalgic glow, it is actually a revealing record of a country on the cusp of the dramatic social, economic and cultural change that has, sadly, made faith, fidelity and family feel like relics of a distant past."