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The Magnet (1950)

 -  Comedy  -  26 February 1951 (USA)
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A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger boy and gets him into all sorts of trouble.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Murray ...
Dr Brent
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs Brent
...
Johnny Brent (as William Fox)
Meredith Edwards ...
Harper
Gladys Henson ...
Nanny
Thora Hird ...
Nanny's friend
Michael Brooke ...
Kit (as Michael Brooke Jr.)
...
Pickering
Julien Mitchell ...
Mayor
Anthony Oliver ...
Policeman
Molly Hamley-Clifford ...
Mrs. Dean
Harold Goodwin ...
Pin table man
Edward Davies ...
Delinquent youth
Keith Robinson ...
Spike
Thomas Johnston ...
Perce
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Storyline

A mixture of a psychological study of a ten-year-old boy, an English domestic comedy and a satire on psychologists finds young Johnny Brent, the only child of a pair of psychologists, trading an "invisible watch" to a much-younger child for a large magnet. His nurse/nanny accuses him of stealing and scolds him and he runs away. He soon convinces himself that the police are after him and following several unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the magnet, he presents it to an organizer of a fund-raising campaign for acquiring an iron-lung for the local hospital. The magnet is one of the auction items and finally is mounted on the iron-lung as a tribute to the unknown donor. Meanwhile, the father makes a completely inaccurate diagnosis for the mother of the boy's worries. In the end the boy meets the child he thought had died as a result of losing the magnet, and trades the boy back for the return of his "invisible watch" the gold medal the town mayor had given him for his part in the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It turned the whole town TOPSY-TURVY!

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26 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alba generosa  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The four Liverpudlian lads that Johnny meets were all amateurs, not child actors. See more »

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Near the start of the film, Johnny chalks a diamond shape on a gatepost. When a tramp appears moments later, the diamond is lower down and the corners are much sharper. See more »

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Music by Sidney Torch
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the Magnet - locations
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A lot of the film was shot in New Brighton, and I have added this to the database as a location. The pier and ferry are no longer there but the Floral Pavilion and Wilkie's fairground (where they try to influence the pinball machine with the magnet) are. The swimming baths where the Miss New Brighton Competition takes place has gone as well. The bike shop was Longworths in Rowson St. You went and chose your bike and Mr Longworth told you to come and collect it next week so he had time to put the seat at the right height, check the brakes,oil it for you and check the tyres.


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