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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

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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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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beautiful!!!
29 June 2014 | by (Riverside, CA) – See all my reviews

Wow, I can't believe reviews saying the boy was a bad actor. He is perfectly natural and adorable. Also, the color was magnificent, gritty, yet vibrant. Black and white would not have added anything to the colorful market days and red neon nights. This is a real gem and I highly recommend seeing it. I'm confused why it's considered a fantasy though, since nothing happens that couldn't happen in real life. This film really gives you a sense of place and time, and you feel you know these people and that they are real and a tight knit loving community so different from modern times. There is so much wit, wordplay and attention to detail. It's the little things that make it so nice, like the man watching ballet on the TV while the wrestling match is going on. This film is compelling and utterly charming. I highly recommend it.


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