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Easy Money (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 February 1948 (UK)
A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A ... See full summary »

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Jack Warner ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Yvonne Owen ...
Carol Stafford
Jack Watling ...
Dennis Stafford
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Jackie Stafford
Mabel Constanduros ...
Grandma Stafford
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Martin Latham
Maurice Denham ...
Detective-Inspector Kirby
Mervyn Johns ...
Herbert Atkins
Joan Young ...
Agnes Watkins
Gordon McLeod ...
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Grey Blake ...
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Joe Henty
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A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A mild-mannered clerk worries about how to tell his overbearing boss he is quitting. A double-bass player finds life without the orchestra lacks something. The lure of the big money even turns some people into criminals, as when a coupon checker is tempted by his night-club singer girlfriend to cheat the company. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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23 February 1948 (UK)  »

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12 oikein  »

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(British Acoustic)

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Written by Vivian Ellis
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four for the price of one
29 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is actually made up of 4 separate segments, each detailing how the football pools can affect someone's life.

In the first, a family discovers they have won, and at first everything is rosy. Mother wishes to move to the seaside. The son can invest some money in a mate's business. The father can rejoin the cricket team. But then the promised money causes trouble. The daughter's fiance feels inadequate marrying a rich girl. The deal is shonky. How can they live in Bournemouth AND stay in the cricket team? A lot of interesting twists in this one, to say more would give it away. 9/10 for enjoyment, though David Tomlinson does appear a bit of a bumbling fool. Keep your eyes out for 15 year old Petula Clark!

In the second, I think I fell asleep.

In the 3rd, the charming Greta Gynt does a blatantly obvious Gilda impersonation - "The Shady Lady" wears the same gloves and dress, has her hair the same way, acts the same as she sings, and is thoroughly enticing. She's a nightclub singer in need of a bit of cash. Her boyfriend works at the pools office, so she hatches an elaborate plan to fool the system and fake a win. A definite 10/10 for this one.

The final installment is light and humorous farce, about a double bass player who wins, and then discovers money isn't everything. Quick, borders on dull, but still a 6/10.


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