Up in the World

Up in the World

John Paddy Carstairs (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
For his fourth starring vehicle, Norman Wisdom teamed up once more with director John Paddy Carstairs. However, this tacky comedy gave notice that the winning formula was already beginning to wear thin. The slapstick inevitably centres around ladders and broken windows, as window cleaner Wisdom becomes friends with a lonely boy millionaire (Michael Caridia), much to the annoyance of sniffy guardian Jerry Desmonde. The scenes involving Caridia and a hamster called Harold are bathed in sentiment, but the worst aspect of this maudlin mishmash is the fact that Wisdom gets to warble so often. No wonder he ends up in prison.


A bumbling window cleaner is elated to land a job at an aristocrat's country house. However, the spoilt young heir to the estate likes to play pranks on him - and lands the hapless servant in very hot water after the pair make a trip to a nightclub together and walk straight into a kidnap plot. Comedy, starring Norman Wisdom, Michael Caridia, Maureen Swanson and Jerry Desmonde.

Cast & Crew

Norman Norman Wisdom
Jeannie Maureen Swanson
Major Willoughby Jerry Desmonde
Lady Banderville Ambrosine Philpotts
Fletcher Hetherington Colin Gordon
Sir Reginald Banderville Michael Caridia
Maurice Michael Ward
Sylvia Jill Dixon
Harper Cyril Chamberlain
Mick Bellman William Lucas
Max Eddie Leslie
Yvonne Hy Hazell
Director John Paddy Carstairs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: J.A.R.F.D. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD