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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:
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Norman
Joan Rice ...
Iris
Shirley Abicair ...
Mary
Thora Hird ...
Cook
William Russell ...
Alec Bigley
Joan Ingram ...
Matron Sparrow
Richard Caldicot ...
Mr. Bigley
Marjorie Fender ...
Tuppeny
Keith Gilman ...
Jimmy
Noel Howlett ...
Jeweller
David Hurst ...
Professor Dofee
Harold Kasket ...
Ivor Petrovitch
Ricky McCullough ...
Gunner Mac (as Ricky Mc Cullough)
Anthony Green ...
Martin (as Antony Green)
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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 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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Riotous Round of Fun!

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17 February 1955 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Kacagó kocogó, avagy Pitkin visszatér a moziba  »

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The first feature film of Percy Herbert. See more »

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Tannhauser: Overture
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Music by Richard Wagner
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Orphans Of The Norm
13 July 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

With fairly high Pinewood production values this was one of Norman Wisdom's best films, sans his best foil Jerry Desmonde though. Richard Caldicott played the posh pompous machinating bigwig foil here, but unfortunately wasn't (mis)used to the full.

Norman is general dogsbody at quaint orphanage under threat of demolition and replacement by a factory – this umbrellas various episodic adventures he has in his drive to buy an expensive £12 toy car for little Jimmy. Favourite bits: annoying the First Class rail passengers with his vivacity/yobbishness – depending on your point of view; making the best of a trouserless situation; peeling the onion with the sewing machine, to everyone's distress; the boxing bout; conducting the orchestra; the Black Sheep Of Whitehall and Happiest Days Of Your Lives type reprises. Thora Hird got more of a showing than in Black Sheep too. Two sentimental songs from Norman along the way: Step In The Right Direction (bedtime at the orphanage) and one he wrote himself Please Opportunity (at the funfair), both perfectly sung – just how much did Anthony Newley and Robbie Williams owe to him?

Along with some of the sets some of the acting could be a little wooden but much more preferable to me than todays plastic. For a glimpse of a safe but dead Britain it's great stuff, also a pleasant non-heavy comedy in all departments.


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