Genevieve (1954): British Comedy Starring Kenneth More and Kay Kendall

In Henry Cornelius funny British comedy, two young couples participate in the Vintage Car Rally, a yearly race from London to Brighton.

The title’s character is the 1904 Darracq auto owned by John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan.  The couple’s friendly rivals are Kenneth More and Kay Kendall.

Small parts are deliciously played by Joyce Grenfell as a hotel proprietress and Arthur Wontner as an elderly car fancier.

Despite the technical shortcomings, attributed to director Henry Cornelius, Genevieve is a charming comedy, graced by the score of American expatriate Larry Adler.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Story and Screenplay: William Rose

Scoring: Larry Adler

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Scoring Oscar was Dimitri Tiomkin for The High and the Mighty.


Running time: 86 Minutes.

Directed by Henry Cornelius