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A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1950 (USA)
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Edwards ...
Clive Morton ...
Julie Milton ...
Peter Edwards ...
Davies Manager
Joyce Grenfell ...
Mrs. Pargiter
Leslie Perrins ...
Dorothy Bramhall ...
Andrew Leigh ...
The Pawnbroker
Edward Rigby ...
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Station Announcer
Mackenzie Ward ...
The Photographer


Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be! Written by J. Hooven <dhooven@sprintmail.com>

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Release Date:

8 April 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

2 Bolhoeden naar Londen  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actual Station Name for Hafod uwchben ceubwll y marchog coch, was Nant y Moel Station, Ogmore Vale, South Wales.Station has long disappeared. Word for word translation of fictitious station is,, House Above The Hole in the Field of The Red Knight See more »


David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: [Regarding the hat he will wear] Never mind about the size as long as it fits, man!
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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »


Cwm Rhondda
Written by John Ceiriog Hughes
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Well made but I had a hard time really caring about the film or the characters in it.
26 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the harder reviews I've ever done. In the past, I have loved the Ealing Studios films I have seen. I also love the time I have spent in Wales--it's a charming and wonderful land. So I really expected to love A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY. Oddly, however, I liked it only mildly, though I wasn't totally sure why. So, instead of writing my review right away like I usually do, I decided to think about it for a while...mull it over in my head.

Now that some time has passed, I think the biggest reason I didn't love the film was that my expectations are just too high. Having seen films like PASSPORT TO PIMLICO and THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (among many others), I expected the same magic. This really isn't 100% fair--as the Ealing people can't be expected to reprise the same level of success in every film. Another reason, and this one I think they could help, was that in many ways you never really get to know the characters that well. Too often, they are running about or having adventures and I felt that I wanted more. Finally, the whole idea of a country person going to the big city and having problems with the fast-paced city dwellers has been done many times before and the idea wasn't 100% original.

Still, there is a lot to like. Just from a historical standpoint, this is a glimpse at Welsh life that simply doesn't exist any more, now that their economy is no longer based on coal and slate mining. Also, while not necessarily a great film, it is very pleasant and worth watching. So, provided you don't set your expectations too high, then it's a very good film.

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