Promoter (1952)

The Promoter was based on the Arnold Bennett novel The Card, which served as its British release title. Impoverished young clerk Alec Guinness works his way up the financial ladder until he has become a successful and highly respected loan… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
DVD Release Date: September 17, 1991
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TIME Magazine

The Promoter is a sprightly spoof that gives Alec Guinness a role ideally suited to his deadpan comedy talents.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Complacent class-based British comedy.

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TV Guide

Somewhat typical Horatio Alger story made interesting by a cast of outstanding performers.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Neame and his players inject this with plenty of wit, distracting one from the Horatio Alger cliches.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The Promoter, while vastly amusing in spots, is not a first-rate Guinness show.

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Billy Mowbray

Brisk, brassy and keenly observed, Neame's film is a thoroughly enjoyable social satire that will appeal to the blagger in everyone.

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Variety Staff

The principal character in Arnold Bennett's novel The Card... provides a made-to-measure part for Alec Guinness in a capital performance.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's solid stuff, but too many involved seem to be marking time.

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