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Mony a Pickle (1938)

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A film advocating thrift by use of the Post Office Savings Bank.


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A slightly tongue-in-cheek comedy on the theme of thrift, which was made for the Scottish Post Office Savings Bank. It is divided into an introduction and five short episodes, the most ambitious of which shows a young couple conjuring up the 'wee hoose' (little house) of their dreams where a gas cooker replaces the range and they have a kitchenette with lots of new fittings including a brass sink with chromium taps, and they can wash the dishes in the kitchen and themselves in the bathroom and never have to wait their turn at the one sink anymore. Written by anon

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The title is taken from the old Scottish saying "mony a pickle maks a puckle", perhaps better known as "mony a mickle maks a muckle", which translates as lots of little things makes a bigger thing. See more »

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A stuffy and non-animated Norman McLaren film.
5 March 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Norman McLaren was a very prolific Canadian animator who was born in the UK. Most of his films would be described as 'arty' and are pretty much unknown here in the States. However, I've seen several of his films on various DVD collections and I like these sorts of shorts--and was thrilled to see a seven disk set of his work. This particular short is from the first disk.

This British-funded project is about money and savings in the UK (though the characters seem to mostly be Scottish). It begins with a narrator talking about this and shows many clips of various Brits in their day to day lives. Then, it has a couple folks pose the question 'what would you do with the money you save'. It's all a dreadfully bland little film in which the government encourages saving--and then SPENDING on various conveniences, such as washers, windows and tables. I sure hope the rest of the McLaren shorts on the other disks are more interesting than this one and I was saddened that it really was not an animated film.

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