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Trouble in Store (1953)

 -  Comedy  -  12 January 1955 (USA)
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Norman is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always !!), he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moira Lister ...
Peggy Drew
Megs Jenkins ...
Miss Gibson
Jerry Desmonde ...
Augustus Freeman
Margaret Rutherford ...
Miss Bacon
Lana Morris ...
Sally Wilson
Eddie Leslie ...
Michael Brennan ...
Michael Ward ...
Joan Ingram ...
Miss Denby
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Ronan O'Casey ...
Derek Bond ...
Joan Sims ...
John Warren ...
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Norman is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always !!), he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst trying to fulfill his ambition, he falls in love (doesn't he always !!), with one of the shopgirls. Together they discover a plot to rob the store and, somehow, manage to foil the robbers. Written by Steve Crook <>

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Release Date:

12 January 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi de la pagaille  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jill Craigie, who wrote the first draft of the script, is reported to have asked for her name to be removed from the credits after learning of Norman Wisdom's involvement. See more »


Miss Bacon glues three stickers to a suitcase, and walks away with four on it. See more »


Spoofs High Noon (1952) See more »


Don't laugh at me 'cos I'm a fool
Words & Music, Norman Wisdom & June Tremayne
Performed by Norman Wisdom (uncredited)
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A clown called Norman
12 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Trouble in Store", a British comedy made in 1953 is still a film that can be watched and enjoyed by modern audiences as it has charm and its humour are timeless.

This was the first film made by British comedian Norman Wisdom as part of his seven film contract with the Rank film company. Many of Wisdom's fans say that his film career went on a downwards spiral after the high point that was this film but if so Norman certainly goes out on a high note.

Norman has been given full reign in this film and gets to show off his talents as a comedian, dancer and singer. His singing ability is put to good use in the second half of this film as he sings the song that would become his trademark song "Don't laugh at me" which Wisdom himself penned. It is hard to think of a current film star who can be classed as a triple threat (an actor/actress who can act, sing, dance) as Wisdom could.

Norman Wisdom proved in this film that he was one of the countries best comedians this country has produced and his popularity remains strong. Now ninety three Wisdom can no longer recognise himself in his films but through films like this his performances live on. Wisdoms likability and charm carry this film, scoring big laughs with audiences every time.

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