This wonderful film captures a time gone by when county life
in rural England had hardly changed since the Second World War. John Mills,
plays Mr Parker, a drunken farmer, living on his own in total squalor. His farm
though, is stuffed full of his money. It's hidden in every conceivable place,
under the floorboards, inside the toilet cistern and even in the lining of his
Trilby hat. Dulcima, a twenty something year old, played by Carol White, lives
on an adjacent farm and is down trodden by her brute of a father, played by
Bernard Lee. She is expected to do everything in the house while he sits
happily on his backside complaining about her all the time. Longing to escape
this drudgery, she dreams of meeting and falling in love with a handsome stranger,
who will sweep her of her feet and take her away from it all.
By chance one day, Mr Parker is returning home in his beat up old Land Rover from a trip to the pub. Drunk as a lord, he clips the baby's pram that Dulcima had just been pushing. Intent on giving him a good piece of her mind she strides up to the farm to confront him. Unfortunately she finds he's crashed out in a drunken stupor on the floor. Seeing the state he's in and the farm, she decides to straighten both out and immediately begins by cleaning the kitchen, much to the bewilderment of Mr Parker when he finally sobers up. The relationship between them, then begins to grow, with very amusing consequences as she tries to get him to part with some of his money while he tries to get her to bed.
John Mills made, at roughly the same time 'The Family Way' which was a huge success. It also stared his daughter Hayley Mills along with Hywel Bennett. Another very fine film of John's in indeed.
Carol White made two excellent hard hitting social films for TV in the late 60's, 'Poor Cow' and 'Cathy Come Home', both available on DVD, showing what a superb young actress she was at the time. Sadly she died in 1991 from a liver disease.
Dulcima is a very delightful film that to my knowledge has only been screened once on British TV & has never been “officially” released on VHS or DVD.