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A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 15 August 1955 (UK)
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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Joanna
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Sonia
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Avrom Kandinsky
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Sam Heppner
Jonathan Ashmore ...
Joe
Brenda de Banzie ...
'Lady' Ruby
Primo Carnera ...
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Blackie Isaacs
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Mrs. Abramowitz
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Bully Bason
Sydney Tafler ...
Madam Rita
Sidney James ...
Ice Berg
Vera Day ...
Mimi
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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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unicorn | tailor | horn | wish | yiddish | See All (125) »

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CAROL REED, the master of The Unexpected, brings you a motion picture of mood and emotion that surpasses all your expectations!


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15 August 1955 (UK)  »

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A Rua da Esperança  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Carol Reed's first colour film. 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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Accent
30 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a bunch of moaners. It would seem obvious to me that the mother and her son were middle class down on their luck.( note - disappeared dad) Hundreds of thousands of people found their lives turned upside down during and just after the war. Mine was. Yes, perhaps it would have been better in black and white, but can't you just suspend critical faculty just enough to enjoy the story. Nobody noticed Barbara Windsor, even uglier then than she is now. Gerald Kersh is a blast from the past. His novel 'Fowlers End' is a marvellous depiction of life amongst 'ordinary' folk between the wars.

I am 70, but I cried like a babby,watching this last week


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