MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 32,859 this week

The Magnet (1950)

 -  Comedy  -  26 February 1951 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 222 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 1 critic

A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger boy and gets him into all sorts of trouble.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 28 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 155 titles
created 31 Aug 2013
 
a list of 9012 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 343 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 1790 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Magnet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Magnet (1950)

The Magnet (1950) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Magnet.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Third Key (1956)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor
The Blue Lamp (1950)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Hue and Cry (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a 19th century English music hall (vaudeville) performer and life behind the scenes.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Tommy Trinder, Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Sellars, Jeremy Bodkin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

IRA member Terry modifies his violent views after working undercover in wartime London. When his co-conspirators are arrested, he ensures that his brother Matt escapes back to Ireland. ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It turned the whole town TOPSY-TURVY!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alba generosa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Juke Box Jumba
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Parnell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A delight
9 January 2009 | by (New Brighton !) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine recently told me of this film and was amazed that I was able to buy it at Amazon for the amazing price of £5.65 including P&P,just took 2 days ! living now in New Brighton,where the film is set and mostly filmed,and being at an age the be able to remember the 50's well,I was actually born the year this film was made,but it was a total delight to watch,seeing the overhead railway again,the beach,the Perch rock,the indoor fairground,I spent half my youth in there,and spotting all the locations around was wonderful,every person over 50 living on the Wirral should see this little film,not many real "scouse" accents though !...did anybody spot the businessman on the Overhead railway...surely that was Arthur Lowe but not mentioned in the credits,wonderful wonderful film.


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
New Brighton locations carlin4737
The Tramp ernestcpearson-1
Discuss The Magnet (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?