My Wife's Lodger

My Wife's Lodger

Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by David Dent
Written by Stafford Dickens
Dominic Roche (play)
Starring Dominic Roche
Olive Sloane
Leslie Dwyer
Diana Dors
Music by Francis Essex
Cinematography Phil Grindrod
Les Harris
Edited by Lito Carruthers
Distributed by Adelphi Films
Release dates
  • October 1952 (1952-10)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

My Wife's Lodger is a 1952 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Dominic Roche, Olive Sloane and Leslie Dwyer.[1] The screenplay concerns a who soldier returns home after the Second World War only to find a spiv lodger has established himself in his place.[2][3] It was based on the play My Wife's Lodger written by Roche.[4]


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the energy of the ensemble partly makes up for the film's lack of coherence and taste."[5] The 'Daily Film Renter' (quoted in BFI Screenonline) wrote, "the acting is of the 'Ee-bai-goom' school and the dialogue is the ripe, uninhibited language of the music hall... as briny as jellied eels on Southend Pier."[6] In '', Frank Collins writes, "there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments here and the humour derived from the antics of such a dysfunctional family reflect many of the tropes that would find their way into British sitcoms of the late 1960s and 1970s where other ideological wars would be fought - based on gender, class, race and religion."[2]


  2. 1 2 Frank Collins. "June 2010". Cathode Ray Tube. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  4. "BFI Screenonline: My Wife's Lodger (1952)". Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  6. "BFI Screenonline: My Wife's Lodger (1952)". Retrieved 2014-06-28.

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