The Films of Petula Clark
The Happiness of Three Woman
(aka The Wishing W.ell)

Released November 1954 [UK]
as The Wishing Well 1954 [US]
Romance - 78 minutes

Light, pleasantly told story of a Welsh village postman's successful and ingenious efforts to bring happiness back into the lives of an assortment of people--quarrelling newlyweds, rich and snobbish widow, bereaved wife--during their stay at a local inn, ending with one of the guests dramatically restoring use of paralyzed legs to school-master son of the inn hostess and thereby encouraging him to go ahead with marriage plans. Petula plays the part of the paralyzed man's fiancée.
--Today's Cinema

Patricia Burke ....
Petula Clark ....
Patricia Cutts ....
Brenda De Banzie ....
Eyon Evans ....
Jessie Evans ....
Eira Griffiths ....
Ronnie Harries ....
Donald Houston ....

Jane Price


  • Adapted from the play by Eyon Evans
  • Written by Maury Davis & Eyon Evans
  • Directed by Maurice Elvey

  •      Welcome to the screen Eyon Evans bach! This amateur Welsh actor, who wrote the play of which this is an adaptation, gives a grand performance as a postmas in a small Welsh village, who is the district's most efficient "fixer-uppper" of lost romances. He has a lot of work on his hands. There's the romance of the son of the landlady of the local pub--a crippled who is to marry a charming local girl' there's a woman guest who has lost her husband in the war and cannot be consoled; there's a young couple separated by the war in Korea; and, finally, a wealthy woman who finds happiness in hard work at the inn. Perhaps the piece is too contrived and over-sentimentalized, but it has its moments and the postman's schemes to spread happiness all round are laughable, ingenious and sometimes very near the truth.
         Brenda de Banzie is delightful as the widowed innkeeper for whom the postman has a soft spot. Donald Houston, as her crippled son, enlists sympathy and Petula Clark is a winsome and transparently loving fiancée. It's all quite heartwarming and truly rural but I'd say the canvas is too overcrowded by characters who are in need both of the wishing well and the postman's knock.
    Picturegoer - November 1954

  •       Modest direction secures sympathy for tribulations and captures something of Welsh village atmosphere. Very adequate performances from top players, with Petula Clark shining as the girl who wants to marry the invalid schoolteacher. Strong Welsh cast aids dialect problem. Effective dialogue enlivens some standard characterisation.
          Although there are at times noticeable stage influences in the movement of the story, director Maurice Elvey has managed very well to suggest the possible reactions of his characters and at the same time tease out a fair ration of humour from a somewhat familiar situation. Productions values gain considerably from the choice of location and some unfussy camera work.
         Petula Clark makes a fresh, unspoiled Delith anxious to proved that John, well played by Donald Houston, need not worry about being in a wheelchair. Eyon Evans as the kind-hearted postmaster gets all the fun he can from his script, materially aided by Brenda de Banzie.
    Today's Cinema - November 2, 1954

  • There is a pleasant Welsh atmosphere about this modest British production with a strong local cast which will prove a valuable selling factor for the home trade. It is a light prospect for the US market but should have some appeal as a dueler. The yarn has a leisurely Welsh charm, mainly derived from the homely philosophy of the village postman who believes that he can solve other people's problems. There is also the romantic side issue of the innkeeper's paralyzed son who feels that his impending marriage to a local girl is a major mistake. Brenda de Banzie, Petula Clark, Donald Houston and Patricia Cutts head the cast in competent fashion while the author makes a promising screen debut in the role of the postman. Maurice Elvey has done a straightforward job of direction. Other credits are up to standard.
    Variety - November 10, 1954

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