The Card (The Promoter)

The Card (The Promoter)

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THE CARD (THE PROMOTER) 1952 B&W 85 min. Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark.

A charming and ambitious rogue, Edward "Denry" Machin (Alec Guinness), the son of a washerwoman, believes he must give destiny a hand to rise in the world. Starting early in his youth, Denry maneuvers to get into a top public school. Later, by outwitting his employer, he becomes a rent collector, and eventually mayor. He uses the lovely Countess of Chell (Valerie Hobson) as his patron -- but Denry's ambitions are brought up short by crafty dance instructor Ruth Earp (Glynis Johns).

Directed by Ronald Neame. Screenplay by Eric Ambler from the novel by Arnold Bennett.