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One Good Turn (1955)

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Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Rice ...
Shirley Abicair ...
Thora Hird ...
William Russell ...
Alec Bigley
Joan Ingram ...
Matron Sparrow
Richard Caldicot ...
Mr. Bigley
Marjorie Fender ...
Keith Gilman ...
Noel Howlett ...
David Hurst ...
Professor Dofee
Harold Kasket ...
Ivor Petrovitch
Ricky McCullough ...
Gunner Mac (as Ricky Mc Cullough)
Anthony Green ...
Martin (as Antony Green)


Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property developer (boo hiss) who is also the chairman of the orphanage board wants to close the orphanage and build a factory on the site. The children are sent to Brighton for the day and Norman is very excited because he's "Never seen the Sea". When they get back they discover the plan to close the orphanage and have to decide what to do. Written by Steve Crook <>

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A Riotous Round of Fun!




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Release Date:

17 February 1955 (Portugal)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first feature film of Percy Herbert. See more »


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Arranged and Performed by Shirley Abicair
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ONE GOOD TURN (John Paddy Carstairs, 1954) **
25 August 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

As I had been expecting, the second Norman Wisdom vehicle was more of a sentimental comedy - since it finds him taking care of an orphanage (again, a favorite theme with star comedians) which is set to be torn down by ruthless developers - and, in fact, there is an excess of pathos present, especially in Norman's relationship with a lonely (and very uncharismatic) boy. However, on the upside, this turned out to be quite a plot-packed and gag-filled film, though it runs out of steam towards the end.

The level of invention is certainly average (though already a few gags and plot details are reprised from its immediate predecessor, TROUBLE IN STORE [1953]), notably the trip to Brighton culminating in a marathon walk, Norman's hilarious stint as an orchestral conductor (even if it's a situation that's been done to death, and the subsequent destruction of the stage was practically ripped off The Marx Bros.' A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [1935]) and the star's myriad attempts to raise money in order to buy the boy a motor-car he had promised him.

Interestingly, watching Wisdom at work here immediately after MORGAN - A SUITABLE CASE FOR TREATMENT (1966) irresistibly draws parallels with David Warner's own child-like behavior in that film (albeit dealt with, obviously, in a more adult manner).

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