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Castle in the Air (1952)

The near-bankrupt Earl of Locharne must contend with a government agent trying to requisition his ancestral Scottish castle, as well as a beautiful American woman who wants to buy the place - to say nothing of the resident ghost.


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Edward Dryhurst (screenplay), Alan Melville (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tomlinson ... Earl of Locharne
Helen Cherry ... Boss Trent
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Nicholson
Barbara Kelly ... Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne
A.E. Matthews ... Blair
Patricia Dainton ... Ermyntrude
Ewan Roberts ... Menzies
Brian Oulton ... Phillips
Clive Morton ... MacFee
Gordon Jackson ... Hiker
Pat Sandys Pat Sandys ... Girl Hiker
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Moffat
John Harvey John Harvey ... Andrews
Esme Beringer Esme Beringer ... Mrs. Thompson
Winifred Willard Winifred Willard ... Miss Miller


An Earl's ancestral castle is literally falling apart. His efforts to support it by hosting tourists and paid guests isn't working. A coal firm wants it to use as a vacation resort, for which it would be requisitioned by the government, and a distant-American cousin wants to purchase it to live in. Written by Becie

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Release Date:

26 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bonnie Prince Charlie was a Catholic Stewart, one of the reasons he was persecuted. It would have been better to have a Catholic priest rather than a Protestant vicar and wife on the committee that Miss Nicholson (Margaret Rutherford) chaired. See more »


Phillips: It would be immoral to spend anything like a quarter of a million dollars on this property for the benefit of one individual.
Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne: You a Socialist?
Phillips: Yes, I am.
Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne: I'm sorry. I had no idea. You look so respectable!
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There Goes Your Heart
Written by Barry Gray
Composed by Edward Dryhurst
Sung by David Tomlinson (uncredited)
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Nice enough, worth watching
20 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Castle in the Air' was practically forgotten for a long time, and still is not that well known. While it is not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, it is a nice way to pass the time if with not enough for it to be a personal favourite or watched over and over.

The cast are definitely the reason to see 'Castle in the Air' and they are the best thing about it. Margaret Rutherford's splendidly dotty performance steals the show and Patricia Dainton makes the most of her role. Helen Cherry is very charming and it was a shame that she didn't make it bigger. Pre-'Mary Poppins' and 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' David Tomlinson may be unconvincing as a Scot but he has the authority and also the lightness for his role and is always in keeping with the film's tone.

It looks attractive and atmospheric, it is not a cinematic-looking film but looked like it was made with skill and not in an amateur way. The music may not be classic standard but it has a pleasant energy and sounds appealing. Throughout 'Castle in the Air' has a cosy charm and gentle wit, it is not dull and it makes sense on the whole. The direction is competent.

However, 'Castle in the Air' drags slightly in the middle and has an over-stuffed and muddled ending. It also tries to do a little too much genre-wise and in a way that while coherent it doesn't quite come together.

Parts at times feel tossed in and don't add as much to everything as much as they should, or are just about necessary but not enough is done with them.

Summing up, nice enough and worth watching, a decent time-passer if you will, but not much more than that. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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