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A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  15 August 1955 (UK)
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In a lower-class London community of small shops, open-air vendors and flea-marketers, Joe, a small boy, lives with his mother, Joanne, who works in and rooms above the Kandinsky tailor ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Celia Johnson ...
Joanna
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Sonia
David Kossoff ...
Avrom Kandinsky
Joe Robinson ...
Sam Heppner
Jonathan Ashmore ...
Joe
Brenda de Banzie ...
'Lady' Ruby
Primo Carnera ...
Lou Jacobi ...
Blackie Isaacs
Irene Handl ...
Mrs. Abramowitz
Danny Green ...
Bully Bason
Sydney Tafler ...
Madam Rita
Sidney James ...
Ice Berg
Vera Day ...
Mimi
Daphne Anderson ...
Dora
Joseph Tomelty ...
Vagrant
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In a lower-class London community of small shops, open-air vendors and flea-marketers, Joe, a small boy, lives with his mother, Joanne, who works in and rooms above the Kandinsky tailor shop. Joe is innocently and earnestly determined to help realize the wishes of his poor, hard-working neighbours. Hearing from Mr. Kandinsky the tale that a captured unicorn will grant any wish, Joe uses his accumulated pocket change to buy a kid with an emerging horn, believing it to be a unicorn. His subsequent efforts to make dreams come true exemplify the power of hope and will amidst hardship. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@pch.gc.ca>

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15 August 1955 (UK)  »

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A Rua da Esperança  »

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The title, "A Kid For Two Farthings" is a play on the traditional, if optional, song which almost always concludes the Passover Seder. It's called "Chad Gad Yaw: ( English approximate pronunciation of the Aramaic). It is often translated as "A Kid For Two Zuzim" (a monetary denomination for which "farthing" is an inspired translation. The events in the song are cumulative (as in "The Twelve Days of Christmas.")as well as something of a tongue-twister in the original. For more, see "Chad_Gadya" online for more information. See more »

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Python Macklin is clearly meant to be a British wrestler, yet he speaks in a foreign accent. See more »

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Madam Rita: You heard of Christian Dior? Well, I'm Yiddishe Dior.
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Hardly ever revived; now I know why
27 May 2006 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Seeing this film for the first time today, the first thing you notice is just how vibrant the colours are and just how unsuited to colour the film is. Black-and-white might have given the film an edge; colour only makes it look like a sub-Runyon yarn. It's set in London's East End and is certainly full of Runyonesque characters, this time courtesy of Wolf Mankowitz. The next thing you notice is just how terrible it is and how terribly miscast it is.

Who, apart perhaps from Carol Reed, could have envisaged marble-mouthed Celia Johnson as a working-class East End mother? Is it any wonder her toffee-nosed brat of a boy, (Jonathan Ashmore, never heard of again), talks as if he's been taking elocution lessons. Then there's Joe Robinson, the most Runyonesque character of all, another improbably polite strongman engaged to Diana Dors, (not bad, considering). And no East End movie of the period would be complete without David Kossoff as a Yiddish tailor, (did he come out of the womb talking and looking like that?).

It's about Ashborne buying a young goat with a single horn which he believes is a unicorn. It's meant to be heart-warming. We are supposed to love the child and his goat. I wanted to skin them alive. The film is hardly ever revived. Even Carol Reed retrospectives tend to ignore it. Now I know why.


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