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Up in the World

  • Comedy
  • 1956
  • John Paddy Carstairs
  • 86 mins
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Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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NormanNorman Wisdom
JeannieMaureen Swanson
Major WilloughbyJerry Desmonde
Lady BandervilleAmbrosine Philpotts
Fletcher HetheringtonColin Gordon
Sir Reginald BandervilleMichael Caridia
MauriceMichael Ward
SylviaJill Dixon
HarperCyril Chamberlain
Mick BellmanWilliam Lucas
MaxEddie Leslie
YvonneHy Hazell

Crew

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DirectorJohn Paddy Carstairs

Details

Theatrical distributor
J.A.R.F.D. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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