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|Directed by||David Macdonald|
|Written by||Wilfred Eades|
|Based on||the play Small Hotel by Rex Frost|
|Produced by||Robert Hall|
|Edited by||Seymour Logie|
|Music by||Louis Levy|
A Welwyn Films Ltd. Production
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)|
|October 1957 (UK)|
Albert, a crafty old waiter in a country hotel known as The Jolly Fiddler, teaches the younger staff how to maximise their tips and get rid of surplus food in the kitchen.
He suddenly finds he must work new tricks on management after being told he's too old for the job and will be replaced by a hard-nosed young waitress, named Miss Mallet.
- Gordon Harker.....Albert
- Marie Lohr.....Mrs. Samson-Fox
- John Loder.....Mr. Finch
- Irene Handl.....Mrs. Gammon
- Janet Munro.....Effie Rigler
- Billie Whitelaw.....Caroline Mallet
- Ruth Trouncer.....Sheila
- Francis Matthews.....Alan Pryor
- Frederick Schiller.....Foreigner [speaking in German and then in English]
- Derek Blomfield.....Roland
- Dorothy Bromiley.....Rosemary
TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars and called it an "Average comedy"; in the Radio Times, David McGillivray also rated the film two out of five stars, calling it "no great shakes as comedy, but interesting as a vehicle built around a much-loved British star at the end of his career" whereas Britmovie noted, "Twenty years after appearing on stage in this lively Rex Frost play, in his penultimate film Gordon Harker reprises the role of a belligerent hotel waiter having to use all his wit and cunning to save his job. This low-budget film features Harker in typically jovial form, dominating comic proceedings with typical polished expertise, and with a less assured cast this thin comedy wouldn’t be worthwhile. There are early roles for Billie Whitelaw and Janet Munro, and the doughty Irene Handl is cast as the hotel’s spirited cook."
It was one of 15 films selected by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane in The British 'B' Film, their survey of British B films, as among the most meritorious of the B films made in Britain between World War II and 1970. They especially praised the performances of Lohr, Handl and Harker.
- "SMALL HOTEL - British Board of Film Classification".
- "Small Hotel (1957)". BFI.
- Opening credits: Small Hotel
- "Small Hotel".
- "Small Hotel - Film from RadioTimes".
- "Small Hotel 1957 - Britmovie - Home of British Films".
- Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 272–73.
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