Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

John Boulting (1957)

U Certificate


Our Score
The Boulting brothers' film adaptation of Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece misses the subtle nuances, barbed satire and deliciously sly characterisation of the book, but still makes for surprisingly agreeable entertainment. Ian Carmichael gives a good account of himself as Jim Dixon, the disaster-prone lecturer whose career in the red-bricked halls of academe gets off to the worst possible start. But it's those masters of comic support Hugh Griffith and Terry-Thomas who are bang on form.


A hard-drinking, unconventional junior lecturer is frustrated with his stuffy university, but still wants to curry favour with the formidable head of the history department. A family gathering and an academic ceremony provide opportunities to make an impression - but nothing goes to plan. Comedy based on Kingsley Amis's novel, starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas and Hugh Griffith.

Cast & Crew

Jim Dixon Ian Carmichael
Bertrand Welch Terry-Thomas
Professor Welch Hugh Griffith
Christine Callaghan Sharon Acker
Mrs Welch Jean Anderson
Margaret Peel Maureen Connell
Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart Clive Morton
University porter Reginald Beckwith
Cyril Johns Kenneth Griffith
Bill Atkinson Jeremy Hawk
Principal John Welsh
Director John Boulting
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama