One Good Turn

One Good Turn

John Paddy Carstairs (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
This is the cleverly constructed follow-up to Norman Wisdom's smash-hit debut Trouble in Store. Arguably the best of his vehicles, 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.


A boy living in an orphanage grows up to be the institution's lovable but clumsy caretaker. He must save the children's home from a wicked property developer who wants to build a factory on the site, and tricks him into taking the kids to the seaside so he can knock the building down. Comedy, starring Norman Wisdom and Joan Rice.

Cast & Crew

Norman Norman Wisdom
Iris Joan Rice
Mary Shirley Abicair
Cook Thora Hird
Alec William Russell
Bigley Richard Caldicot
Tuppeny Marjorie Fender
Jimmy Keith Gilman
Matron Joan Ingram
Ivor Petrovitch Harold Kasket
Director John Paddy Carstairs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD