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Chance of a Lifetime (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 14 March 1951 (USA)
The workers in a small plough factory take over the firm, but when a large order falls through, the old management come back to help out.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dickinson
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Baxter
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Stevens
Julien Mitchell ...
Morris
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Adam
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Bolger
Josephine Wilson ...
Miss Cooper
John Harvey ...
Bland
Russell Waters ...
Palmer
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Kettle
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Alice
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Xenobian
Bernard Rebel ...
Xenobian
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Xenobian
Amy Veness ...
Lady Davis
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Story centers around the difficulties and conflicts between labor and management on a farm-implement factory in post-WWII England. Dickens, after being bombarded again by, Baxter, the leading grouser in the worker ranks, blurts out the wish that some of them had his job in order to realize how hard it is. Taking the remark as a challenge, the workers elect Stevens and Morris to assume the management role. For a short while, everything runs smoothly but the mistakes made by the new "management" team leads to the workers once again becoming disgruntled with management. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Also Known As:

Elämän tilaisuus  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hattie Jacques was able to do her own welding, as she had done the job during the war. See more »

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Featured in Carry on Forever: Episode #1.2 (2015) See more »

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The story of its exhibition outweighs the drama on screen.
4 May 2017 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This was clearly a contentious film when it was first released.Originally this film was rejected by the circuits.It was championed by the producer and was imposed on the Odeon circuit by the Board of Trade.It was received enthusiastically by the critics..The Rank card was unimpressed stating "Unspectacular production,but one of general interest".However audiences stayed away.For example in Leeds where Up In Arms obtained 42 days of screening,this film obtained just 6.In southeast Essex The Royal Wedding obtained 88 and this film 13.Initially the producer claimed that Ranks marketing would kill the film but was subsequently forced to admit that the film had done badly notwithstanding the genuine efforts of the Odeon people to boost it.


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