The Films of Petula Clark
Made in Heaven


Released November 1952 [UK]
Comedy - 90 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
Comedy about a young married couple who enter a contest in which they have to prove that their relationship has been blissful for a whole year. All goes well until a Hungarian beauty is hired as the family maid.
CAST:
David Tomlinson
Petula Clark
Sonja Ziemann
A E Matthews
Charles Victor
Sophie Stewart

Basil Topham
Julie Topham
Marta
Grandpa
Mr. Topham
Mrs. Topham



FILM NOTES:
  • Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
  • Written by George H. Brown & William Douglas Home




  • REVIEWS:
    • "Made in Heaven" is predicated on one of Britain's most curious annual traditions. During the yearly Dunmow Flitch, a side of bacon is awarded to any married couple who can prove at a public trial that their union has been happy and argument-free for a full year. Among the contestants depicted herein are the members of the Topham family: husband (Charles Victor), wife (Sophie Stewart), son (David Tomlinson), daughter-in-law (Petula Clark) and grandfather (A. E. Mathews). Into this household arrives a saucy Hungarian maidservant (Sonja Ziemann), sending the menfolk into a tizzy. No surprises here, just plenty of laughs--and in Technicolor, to boot.
      Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

    • Scripted by playwright William Douglas Home, this sprightly comedy was inspired by the ancient English custom of the “Dunmow Flitch”, in which married couples sought to win a sizeable side of bacon by swearing on Whit Monday to an uninterrupted year of wedded bliss. However, the chances of the ideally suited Petula Clark and David Tomlinson take a dip when they employ a pouting Hungarian maid (Sonja Ziemann). Vicar Richard Wattis and his stern sister (Athene Seyler) add considerably to the fun, which is steadily directed in an amiably sitcom-like way by John Paddy Carstairs and glossily photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth.
      David Parkinson Radio Times Review

    • . . .when you get down to analysing the ingredients, it's just cream-puff comedy, really--and the least bit stale cream puff at that. The main thing though is not to analyse but to swallow it whole and enjoy it.
            It's well-tried and not always especially true British comedy, but the film as a happy air about it. Attractively grown-up Pet Clark turns in a sparkling performance as the doubting young wife. She manages to hold her own against the devastating eyelashes and flashing, wicked smiles of Sonja Ziemann as the hired help. But it's the old hands at this kind of comedy who really carry the fun along: David Tomlinson, Charles Victor and A.E. Matthews, as son, father and grandfather respectively, all stock characters. Yes it's all gay and merry. It has a springtime spirit--and a springtime look, too in its spruce, sunny Technicolour.
      Picturegoer - 6 December, 1952




    PROMOTIONAL TAG LINES:
    • Love flew out the window. . .when a glamorous foreign maid entered the scene!
    • Made in Heaven - Made for laughs.
    • When this maid cooks, she makes the men sizzle. . . and the women burn



    Video
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    • IMDb
    • Another film with this title was released in 1987 starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly Gillis.
    • Video has been deleted, but ocassionally, the version distributed by VidAmerica may be found on eBay.
      {Be careful that it's the film from 1952 not 1987.]