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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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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

At the time of the film's release, James Robertson Justice was standing for Parliament as a Labour candidate in Angus and Kincardine. This is probably the reason for his choice of a pseudonym when appearing in this film. 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 »

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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.


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