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Trouble in Store (1953)

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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Norman
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Peggy Drew
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Miss Gibson
Jerry Desmonde ...
Augustus Freeman
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Miss Bacon
Lana Morris ...
Sally Wilson
Eddie Leslie ...
Bill
Michael Brennan ...
Davis
Michael Ward ...
Wilbur
Joan Ingram ...
Miss Denby
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Alf
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Eddie
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Gerald
Joan Sims ...
Edna
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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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12 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Le roi de la pagaille  »

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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 »

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The bus being chased by Norman changes from number 88 to number 8, and back again. See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
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Gentle comedy from an age gone by
15 February 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a major London department store is taken over by a new manager, Mr Freeman, stock boy Norman finds himself out of a job after a series of misunderstandings. He wins back his job in time to get embroiled in an internal robbery of the store.

This was the first of the Norman Wisdom/Rank comedies that became an annual money spinner from the 50's well into the 1960's. The plot is rarely important and here we have a mix of romance and robbery that supports the usual mix of accidents and misunderstandings. The romance and the robbery don't really work, the romance seems to happen far too quickly while the robbery is tacked on at the end.

Wisdom is as excellent as always - his uncoordinated, shy, eager, accident prone and misunderstood personality allows him to have a series of funny set pieces. It's an acquired taste, but if you like the short of slapstick humour then Wisdom will appeal to you. Wisdom regular Jerry Desmonde is good as the store manager and Margaret Rutherford (second in the cast list for a very small role) is funny as an upper-class shop lifter. The only weak link is Lister as Norman's love interest, she's a little light and her character changes depending on how the story is going.

Overall it's not a masterpiece but it's a good Norman Wisdom comedy. It won't appeal to everyone but it's a gentle family comedy from another age.


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