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It's a Grand Life (1953)

 -  Comedy  -  November 1953 (UK)
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Classic British comedy following an accident-prone army Private, played by music hall legend Frank Randle in his final screen role, as he attempts to rescue a Corporal (played by icon Diana... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Randle ...
Cpl. Paula Clements
Dan Young ...
Michael Brennan ...
Sgt. Maj. O'Reilly
Jennifer Jayne ...
Pvt. Desmond
John Blythe ...
Pvt. Philip Green
Anthony Hulme ...
Capt. Saunders
Charles Peters ...
Pvt. Rubenstein
Arthur White ...
Pvt. Prendergast
Leslie Gould
Kevin Peters
Ian Fleming ...
Mr. Clements
Ruth Taylor ...
Mrs. Clements
Jack Pye ...
Himself, Wrestler
Bill Gernon ...
Himself, Wrestler


Classic British comedy following an accident-prone army Private, played by music hall legend Frank Randle in his final screen role, as he attempts to rescue a Corporal (played by icon Diana Dors) from the attentions of a predatory Sergeant-Major. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy of its time.
18 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be the final film featuring the great northern comic actor, Frank Randle. As a swansong it's not at all bad, though it does have scenes that linger too long, and where the humour is a little too forced. However, some of the slapstick scenes are still genuinely funny, especially the one where Frank Randle has the new army recruits doing a childlike dance, with their rifles held aloft! Diana Dors, along with Jennifer Jayne, provides the glamour interest, and there are likable performances from the rest of the cast, including a cameo appearance by Winifred Atwell at the piano. A famous wrestler, from that era, Jack Pye also appears in funny wrestling interlude with Frank Randle. The same Jack Pye was still taking on opponents in the ring whilst in his 60's!!! The film does tend to go on too long, and would have been better with tighter editing. Also John Blythe (as Diana Dors' fiancé) must be the oldest looking 23 year old ever!! A nice nostalgic film for fans of the genre.

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