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Nothing But the Best Details


In the tradition of (49), Nothing But the Best is a sparkling British "comedy of murders." Alan Bates stars as a lowly real estate clerk who wants to crash the British upper class. To that end, Bates hires down-and-out gentleman Denholm Elliott to "train" him for the noblesse. The clerk is a fast learner, and is soon wooing the daughter (Millicent Martin) of his blueblood boss. Just as he's on the brink of becoming one of the "better people," his mentor Elliot disdainfully threatens to reveal the truth about Bates. With nary a moment's hesitation, Bates strangles Elliot with his own school tie, and hides the body in Elliot's own school trunk. From this point forward, Bates moves onward and upward, and since the high-class folks in this film are shown to be shallow phonies, the audience is half rooting for Bates to get away with his little murder. The film ends just as Bates' old lodgings are about to be demolished--leaving Our Hero waiting in wry, bemused anticipation for that incriminating trunk to be uncovered. Frederick Raphael based his screenplay for Nothing But the Best on Stanley Elkins' black-humor masterpiece The Best of Everything. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Alan Bates
as Jimmy Brewster
Denholm Elliott
as Charlie Prince
Harry Andrews
as Mr. Horton
Godfrey Quigley
as Coates
Pauline Delaney
as Mrs. March
Nigel Stock
as Ferris
James Villiers
as Hugh
Drewe Henley
as Denis
Avice Landone
as Mrs. Horton
Ernest Clark
as Roberts
William Rushton
as Gerry
Peter Madden
as Ex-Politician
Angus MacKay
as Clergyman
Howard Lang
as Jutson
Diane Appleby
as Secretary
Donald Pickering
as Adrian Slater
Marianne Stone
as Horton's Secretary
Diane Appleby
as Secretary
Donald Pickering
as Adrian Slater


Clive Donner
Frederic Raphael
Nicolas Roeg
Ron Grainer
Ron Grainer
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Grainer
Composer (Music Score)
Fergus McDonell
Reece Pemberton
Art Director
Stanley Ellin
Short Story Author