The Final Test

Synopsis: Sam Palmer is a cricket player who is playing the last Test match of his career. His schoolboy son, Reggie, is a budding poet who disappoints Sam by not attending the penultimate day's play. Then Reggie is suddenly invited to the home of poet and writer Alexander Whitehead. Reggie fears he will also miss the final day - and therefore Sam's last innings - but it turns out that Alexander is a cricket fan.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
84 min

and try and win?

Oh Good Lord, no.

Theres no hope of that.

By Jove, theres something happening.


-Well, theyre taking the rain covers off.

Yes, that certainly is something.

You mean they may actually be going to play.

Well, if it doesnt rain in the next half hour.

Of course, it might rain,

and that would wash play out altogether.

That would be fine.

You dont, I gather, then feel completely

confident of your players skill.

Weve got some good opening batting.

Thats our weak spot there, No 5.

- Five, S Palmer

- Mmm. Old Sam Palmer

He used to be good, but hes

just about had it now.

Who are you looking for, Sam?

My youngster and his Auntie.

Theyre not there yet.

Your Reggie?

I thought he was away to school camp.

No, he got back last night.

Listen Frank, if Cyril arrives early

I dont want to see ...

- ... any square cutting off the fast bowlers.

- No.

At any rate, not at the start.

And if theyre bouncing ...

... be careful. Dont try and hit them for six.

Okay. Youre the boss.

- Nervous as a kitten, isnt he?

- Well, you cant blame him, can you?

How did you feel, your first test?

Like him, I suppose.

Didnt know whether it was Christmas or Easter.

Have a word to the lad, Sam.

Alright skipper.

Hows your Reggie getting on?

Oh, wonderful. Really wonderful.

His last report said that I ought to send him

for a scholarship to Oxford.

I meant his cricket.

Oh. Oh well. He can bowl a bit, you know

and he does make a few runs, now and then ...

... for his ...

Well, its his schools third XI, he plays for.

Still, I cant say, mind you after what

Ive seen that hes likely to be...

Another Sam Palmer.

Well, we cant expect everything, can we?

Hes keen, skipper, mind you.

Keen as mustard, he is.

Dreamy night.

Turgid night.

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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