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From: Picturegoer
August 19, 1944

Released August 21

c** A Canterbury Tale

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As a travelogue on Canterbury, this meandering and sometimes quite inexplicable, picaresque, comedy-drama has its points.

One had a feeling that at its end someone should have said : "And so we say good-bye to Canterbury, [In parody of the Fitzpatrick travelogues of the time] and the unbalanced J.P. who put glue on girl's heads to stop them going out with honest soldiers."

Frankly, I did not know what it was all about. I admired its scenic properties and much of the acting was first class. But as to the moral it had to point or the entertainment it was seeking to provide, I was completely bewildered.

It deals very, very briefly with a farmer, a devout lover of the countryside, who, in order to instil a love of his land to the troops, an American included, and exorcise sex, went about putting glue on on girls' hair and blaming it on the troops.

It's his hope to inculcate apparently sexless appreciation of the beauties of Kent.

No, Mr. Powell, no Mr. Pressburger, it just does not work out.

Eric Portman is vaguely suspicious and pure-minded as the farmer, but the acting honours go to John Sweet, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, to whom all this fantastic tale seems strange: as well it might do.

Characteristics, however, are definitely good but the plot fails to hold one's interest, except in a desultory manner.

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