The Card (aka The Promoter) 1952 DVD B&W 85 min. (Region 1 - Playable in North America - The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.)
Starring: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark, Edward Chapman, Joan Hickson, Frank Pettingell, George Devine. Written by Eric Ambler from the novel by Arnold Bennett. Directed by Ronald Neame.
A charming and ambitious rogue, Edward "Denry" Machin (Alec Guinness), the son of a washerwoman, believes he must give destiny a hand to rise in the world. Starting early in his youth, Denry maneuvers to get into a top public school. Later, by outwitting his employer, he becomes a rent collector, and eventually mayor. He uses the lovely Countess of Chell (Valerie Hobson) as his patron -- but Denry's ambitions are brought up short by crafty dance instructor Ruth Earp (Glynis Johns).
Directed by Ronald Neame. Screenplay by Eric Ambler from the novel by Arnold Bennett.