Next to No Time! (1957)

93m, 8337 feet
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.75:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Henry Cornelius. It was originally released in the UK on 29 September 1958.

Plot Summary

Planning engineer David Webb develops a new efficiency design for industry and is sent aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth to persuade wealthy businessman Sir Godfrey Cowan to provide the additional financing to see it through to completion. En route to New York, the insecure and often inarticulate Webb is given a drink with supposedly magical properties by the barman when the ship's clocks stop at midnight and an hour is ‘lost' as they change time zones. Under the influence, Webb becomes more confident and less inhibited and while this makes him more attractive to fellow passenger, American film star Georgia Brent, it it gets him into trouble with Sir Godfrey.


Director: Henry Cornelius
© 1957 Montpelier Films Limited
A British Lion release. A Henry Cornelius production. Made in association with British Lion Films
Produced by: Albert Fennell
Written by: Henry Cornelius
From the Story The Enchanted Hour by: Paul Gallico
Director of Photography: Freddie Francis
Editor: Peter Hunt
Music Composed by: Georges Auric
Sound Recordists: S.T. Ambler, Red Law
Dress Designer: Marjory Cornelius
Make-up: Ernie Gasser
Hairdressing: Gordon Bond
Special Effects: Wally Veevers
Art Directors: Wilfrid Shingleton, W.E. Hutchinson
Casting: Thelma Graves
Made at: Shepperton Studios, England

Kenneth More (David Webb)
Betsy Drake (Georgia Brent)
Roland Culver (Sir Godfrey Cowan)
Harry Green (Saul Wiener)
Patrick Barr (Jerry Lane)
Maureen Connell (Mary)
Reginald Beckwith (his [Sir Godfrey's] secretary [Warren])
John Welsh (barman [Steve])
Bessie Love (Becky Wiener)
Howard Marion Crawford 1Credited as H. Marion Crawford in the end credits] (Hobbs)
Clive Morton (Wallis)
Raymond Huntley (factory supervisor)
Eleanore Bryan (Susie)
Irene Handl (greengrocer)
John Laurie (Scottish director [Abercrombie])
Sidney James (cabin steward)
Ferdy Mayne (Mario)
Rupert Davies (auction organiser)

Alternative Titles

L'heure audacieuse – French title
Het magische vuur – Dutch title
Num abrir e fechar de olhos – Portuguese title
Det spökar på Elisabeth – Swedish title
Yperokeaneion o eros – Greek title


The Daily Cinema no.8034 (28 July 1958) p.7 – credits, review
Films and Filming vol.4 no.12 (September 1958) p.21 – credits, review
Films and Filming vol.5 no.1 (October 1958) p.27 – script extract
Kine Weekly no.2659 (31 July 1958) p.16 – credits, synopsis, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.296 September 1958) p.111 – credits, review
Variety 20 August 1958 – credits, review

The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory by Freddie Francis with Tony Dalton pp.86, 87, 94, 264