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Helter Skelter (1949)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Romance  -  July 1949 (UK)
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A detective gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccupping.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Marsh ...
Susan Graham
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Nick Martin
Mervyn Johns ...
Ernest Bennett
Peter Hammond ...
Spencer Stone
Richard Hearne ...
Peter Haddon ...
Major Basil Beagle
Geoffrey Sumner ...
Humphrey Beagle
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Headwaiter / Charles II
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Giselle
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Himself
Jimmy Edwards ...
Dr. Edwards
Colin Gordon ...
Chadbeater Longwick
Judith Furse ...
Mrs. Martin
Edmund Willard ...
Ezekial
Robert Lamouret ...
The 'Duck' Man
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A detective gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccupping.

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Hip-Hiccup-Hooray!


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Terry-Thomas also performs his celebrated sketch "Technical Hitch" in this movie, which made him famous in the late 1940s. See more »

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A great repeat to watch with cocoa and popcorn
6 January 2002 | by (Balnarring, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is periodically repeated on Australia's ABC and each time I watch it I am struck by how far ahead of its time it was. Sure, it's black and white, but the jokes are funny and the story actually takes advantage of tricks one can do with film which hadn't been possible with theatre.

The story centres around heiress Susan Graham (played by Carol Marsh) and her quest to rid herself of the hiccups. She is alternately aided and hindered in her quest by two guardian uncles (each of whom has a son who they hope will marry Susan), 'heroic' radio man Nick Martin (David Tomlinson) who in fact is brow-beaten by his domineering mother Mrs Martin (Judith Furse), but the film also segues into little comic vignettes.

Look quickly and you'll see Wilfred Hyde-White (of "My Fair Lady" fame) playing Dr Jekyll, Harry Secombe, Terry-Thomas, Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns and many other notables of the time.

All in all, Helter Skelter is good clean fun and well worth watching at least once.


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