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The Chiltern Hundreds Details


By 1949, British stage and film star A.E. Matthews was more widely celebrated for his advanced age (eighty) than his considerable thespian achievements. In The Amazing Mr. Beecham (original British title: The Chiltern Hundreds), Matthews goes into his well-calculated "doddering aristocrat" routine as an elderly earl confounded by political upheaval. The old man's son (David Tomlinson) attempts to be elected to Parliament on the socialist ticket, but it is the family butler (Cecil Parker) who ends up being elected as a Tory. The original play, written by William Douglas Home, had also served as a vehicle for the venerable Matthews (who had made his stage debut in 1886!) After Amazing Mr. Beecham, A.E. Matthews remained active until his death in 1960 at age 91. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Cecil Parker
as Benjamin Beecham
David Tomlinson
as Lord Tony Pym
Marjorie Fielding
as Lady Lister
Charles Cullum
as Colonel
Anthony Steel
as Adjutant
Bill Shine
as Reporter
Gerald Anderson
as Mr. Brown


John Paddy Carstairs
Patrick Kirwan
Jack Hildyard
Benjamin Frankel
Composer (Music Score)