A beautiful blonde angel arrives at The Angel, Islington in London to spread the gospel of goodwill. Short on cash, she pawns her harp at a pawnbroker’s run by hard-bitten Joshua Webman, an elderly Jewish man who collects musical boxes (Felix Aylmer in a brilliant performance).
Diane Cilento is charm itself as the angel in this whimsical Ealing-style comedy from British Lion, which keeps its feet firmly on the ground, spreading chuckles instead of sentiment and providing polished frolics in the process.
Webman’s assistant, Len Burrows (Philip Guard), wants to marry Jenny Lane (Sheila Sweet) but is afraid to approach her father (Edward Evans), who is a police sergeant.
Circumstances compel the angel to visit a dog track, and she gets mixed up with crooks who have their eyes on Webman’s safe.
In due course, however, she straightens out everyone’s troubles and melts Webman’s heart before returning to her celestial retreat.
Jerry Desmonde, Alfie Bass and a first-rate supporting cast help to put a high gloss on these heavenly capers.
The film was made at Beaconsfield Studios in Buckinghamshire, with location shooting at the Angel, Islington, Camden Passage and Harringay Stadium in London.
Herbert C. Walton