A Canterbury Tale


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A Canterbury Tale

A Canterbury Tale is a 1944 British film by the film-making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price and Sgt. John Sweet; Esmond Knight provided narration and played several small roles. For the postwar American release, Raymond Massey narrated and Kim Hunter was added to the film. The film was made in black and white, and was the first of two collaborations between Powell and Pressburger and cinematographer Erwin Hillier. A Canterbury Tale takes its title from The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, and loosely uses Chaucer's theme of 'eccentric characters on a religious pilgrimage' to highlight the wartime experiences of the citizens of Kent, and encourage wartime Anglo-American friendship and understanding.

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Actors & Characters

Eric Portman Eric Portman
Sheila Sim Sheila Sim
Dennis Price Dennis Price
John Sweet John Sweet
Charles Hawtrey Charles Hawtrey
Kim Hunter Kim Hunter
Esmond Knight Esmond Knight
Freda Jackson Freda Jackson
Betty Jardine Betty Jardine
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie


Erwin Hillier Cinematography
Michael Powell Director
Emeric Pressburger Director
John Seabourne Sr. Editor
Allan Gray Music
Emeric Pressburger Producer
Michael Powell Producer
Emeric Pressburger Writer
Michael Powell Writer