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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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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 ...
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Blackie Isaacs
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Mrs. Abramowitz
Danny Green ...
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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15 August 1955 (UK)  »

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A Rua da Esperança  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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A sweet tale
29 January 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This has just been shown on the UK's Channel 4 series of Carol Reed films. I watched it having read the reviews here on IMDb. It is a lovely uncomplicated tale of a little boy in the east end of London. Were he any other age he would be an annoying brat. He is in that 6 month time of innocent acceptance of the world around him and wishing good for everyone. The cast is well picked and work nicely together. The story is secondary to the time capsule of Joe's memories which he can cherish in adulthood. It would be great to know how Jonathan Ashmore looks back on the film. I believe he never made another. There must be hundreds of childhood tales in every city. This is a particularly nice telling of one of them.


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