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Helter Skelter (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 25 July 1949 (UK)
A radio 'detective' gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccuping due to the machinations of a ghostly cupid who works his magic to cause mayhem and laughter throughout the film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Marsh ...
Susan Graham
Nick Martin
Ernest Bennett
Peter Hammond ...
Spencer Stone
Richard Hearne ...
Peter Haddon ...
Major Basil Beagle
Geoffrey Sumner ...
Humphrey Beagle
Headwaiter / Charles II
Jimmy Edwards ...
Dr. Edwards
Chadbeater Longwick
Mrs. Martin
Edmund Willard ...
Robert Lamouret ...
The 'Duck' Man


This is the ultimate screwball comedy, its weird, but endearing. An heiress who is being courted by two gentlemen develops incurable hiccups after watching a comedic dinner-theater performance. Through a series of events she meets the shy star of a radio detective show [David Tomlinson] who is attracted by the fact that she isn't a fan-girl; however his attempts at courting are cut short by his overprotective mother. A series of attempts to cure her condition including watching a silent film sketch ultimately result in a visit to a haunted house where further hijinks ensue.

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25 July 1949 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Robert Lamouret is credited "with acknowledgments to Donald Duck". See more »


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Helter Skelter and Dick Barton
22 January 2011 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the film, 'Helter Skelter', I saw the connection. When David Tomlinson appeared as Nick Martin, Special Investigator, heard nightly on the BBC I thought of 'Dick Barton, Special Agent'. The film was made in 1948 at the height of Dick Barton's popularity. There were thoughts at that time what would happen if Dick Barton (played by Noel Johnson) failed to turn up for an episode? Virtually the whole of Britain stopped at 18.45 each evening during winter to hear the next instalment. And look what happened in the film: Nick's girlfriend was accidentally looked in one of the rooms at the BBC and wasn't found in time for the programme so Nick refused to go on air. The whole country stopped. No-one went to the football or the races. I haven't seen any comments on the connection but anyone who heard 'Dick Barton' at that time would have recognised it. Only 'The Devil's Galop' was missing. Great film with old-time stars!

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