The Calendar (1948 film)

The Calendar

Original pressbook
Directed by Arthur Crabtree
Produced by Antony Darnborough
Written by Geoffrey Kerr
Based on play by Edgar Wallace
Starring Greta Gynt
John McCallum
Music by Arthur Wilkinson
Cinematography Cyril J. Knowles
Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Jean Barker
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release dates
26 May 1948 (London) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £92,000[1]

The Calendar is a black and white 1948 British drama film directed by Arthur Crabtree and starring Greta Gynt, John McCallum, Raymond Lovell and Leslie Dwyer.[2] It is based on a novel The Calendar by Edgar Wallace that had previously been adapted in 1931. [3]


After losing his money at the races, a racehorse owner's (John McCallum) fiancée (Greta Gynt) jilts him and marries a Lord (Raymond Lovell). Whilst drowning his sorrows, the racehorse owner becomes involved in a big-race scandal. The plot is to steal his own prize horse before a race, therefore increasing the odds in another big race, the Ascot Gold Cup. Can he successfully recoup his fortune and also win again in the romantic stakes?


Critical reception

Britmovie called the film a "tepid melodrama"; [4] while David Parkinson, in the Radio Times, wrote, "British cinema was heavily dependent on the mysteries of Edgar Wallace in the early talkie era. Few of these creaky thrillers were ever remade, until someone at Gainsborough Productions felt the need to bring this veritable stage warhorse under starter's orders for a second time. It's all clipped accents and impossibly earnest hamming from the of Dick Francis may find it amusing." [5]


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