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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dai
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Twm
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Jo
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Whimple
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Huw
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Editor
Julie Milton ...
Bronwen
Peter Edwards ...
Davies Manager
Joyce Grenfell ...
Mrs. Pargiter
Leslie Perrins ...
Burney
Dorothy Bramhall ...
Andrew Leigh ...
The Pawnbroker
Edward Rigby ...
Beefeater
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Station Announcer
Mackenzie Ward ...
The Photographer
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Storyline

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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2 Bolhoeden naar Londen  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jo: This your first visit to London?
David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: Our first visit to England.
Jo: But Wales is part of England!
David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: Oh,
[laughing]
David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: shame on you!
Thomas 'Twm' Jones: It's easy to see you've never been to Wales, Miss.
Jo: That's right. Never been further west than the West End.
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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

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Rising of the Lark
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Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Funny, Skillfully Made Comedy
7 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Two brothers, country-boy Welsh miners, come to London for a day to collect a prize won and to see a football match. They are separated when they arrive and spend the rest of the film trying to find each other. One, a handsome, naive lad (of the sort Bill Travers played in WEE GEORDIE) is alternately taken in tow by Alec Guinness, an effeminate garden-column writer, and by Moira Lister, a larcenous blonde. The other meets up with old-friend, street-singer Hugh Griffith, and they get wildly drunk. The pacing is superb, and the style is realistic. There is a large variety of amusing characters, the most memorable of which is Joyce Grenfell in a fancy dress shop. It's all extremely cleverly done, and filled with well-timed laughs. You don't see the laughs coming; in that sense they're never predictable. Nor are they easy, lazy laughs; they're very deftly worked out. Yet it doesn't go beyond that consummate skill. Halliwell, as usual, puts it very well; "with characterizations as excellent as they are expected." Somehow, the film isn't quite as pleasing as should be. This is largely because of the naive lad's relationship to the con-girl; one has to wonder about the worth of a man who'd completely forget his fiancé in a day, and Lister's weak performance doesn't give the conceit any help. Also, the level of farce is occasionally pushed beyond its limits. It's OK that the brothers keep missing each other like people slipping in and out of doors in a stage farce, but for Griffith and the brother he's with to literally pop in and out of the doors of the underground train, and stretch the routine to the limit, seems a bit much. But one feels a bit bad complaining about the weaknesses of the film, because it is very entertaining, and a skillfully made comedy.


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