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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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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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Elämän tilaisuus  »

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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 This Is Your Life: Hattie Jacques (1963) See more »

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Madame Kumar loyally supports the workers cooperative
19 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Madame Kumar was the mysterious character immortalized by Alfred Hitchcock in "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and was played by Josephine Wilson who plays here a loyal secretary, first to the old boss (Basil Radford) and then to the replacement workers cooperative boss, played by a young Kenneth More.It helps to know a bit of post war British economic history as we had to export or die as we as a country were severely in debt to our biggest creditor the U.S.A.Communism was taking hold in many east European countries and the U.K. government were watchful of any trend in 1950 in this direction often orchestrated by the old U.S.S.R.This time the Czar does return but in a subordinated role.

The action takes place in a tractor factory and there are the usual squabbles between management and workers over pay and conditions both before and after the change at the top when the former "revolutionaries" start to fall out with their colleagues.The only real laugh in the film is seeing Hattie Jacques wiggling her body to allow a coin to fall down out of her cleavage in a scene where the workers are personally contributing to a fighting fund.I feel sure the "Carry On" producers kept her in mind for the string of comedies to follow.There is no love interest in this film.Watchable 6/10.


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