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One Good Turn

  • Comedy
  • 1954
  • John Paddy Carstairs
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy starring Norman Wisdom, whose efforts to save an orphanage and provide presents for the children lead him into a succession of increasingly wild adventures.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Arguably the best of Norman Wisdom's movies, this was a neat follow-up to his smash-hit debut Trouble in Store. It features the bumbling star as a handyman trying to save the orphanage that employs him from collapse. His money-raising schemes are invariably hilarious, while his sequences with leading ladies Joan Rice and Australian 1950s zither girl Shirley Abicair are charming. Of course, the film is overly sentimental, but sentiment was part of Wisdom's stock-in-trade, and today, if we can look beyond the home-grown schmaltz, we can recognise the rare quality of a true cinematic clown.

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Credits

Cast

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NormanNorman Wisdom
IrisJoan Rice
MaryShirley Abicair
CookThora Hird
AlecWilliam Russell
BigleyRichard Caldicot
TuppenyMarjorie Fender
JimmyKeith Gilman
MatronJoan Ingram
Ivor PetrovitchHarold Kasket

Crew

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DirectorJohn Paddy Carstairs

Details

Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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