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It's a Grand Life

  • Comedy
  • 1953
  • John E Blakeley
  • 100 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy starring Frank Randle and Diana Dors. When an attractive female soldier finds herself the subject of unwelcome attentions from a superior officer, it is up to accident-prone private Randle to save the day.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Vulgar Lancashire music-hall star Frank Randle - a household name throughout Britain at the time thanks to his weekly strip in the well-loved Film Fun comic - had an appeal north of Watford that seldom stretched southwards, let alone abroad, and his brand of parochial humour was looking dated by the time he made this quaint and cheap army caper. If you've never seen him, give this a chance you might find he'll tickle your fancy. But if you have an aversion to music-hall stars on celluloid, give up, for Randle has neither the wit of George Formby nor the warmth of Gracie Fields, and by the time this movie was made he was looking tired and rather grubby. Still, the object of his fancy here is a young Diana Dors, and keen 1950s aficionados might enjoy catching a rare glimpse of pianist Winifred Atwell.

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Credits

Cast

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Private RandleFrank Randle
Corporal Paula ClementsDiana Dors
Private YoungDan Young
Sergeant Major O'ReillyMichael Brennan
Private DesmondJennifer Jayne

Crew

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DirectorJohn E Blakeley

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Studios - Manchester
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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