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Director:
Writers:
Wolf Mankowitz (book)
Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 July 1955 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
In a lower-class London community of small shops, open-air vendors and flea-marketers, Joe, a small boy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Carol Reed paints Petticoat Lane with fantasy splendour. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Celia Johnson ... Joanna

Diana Dors ... Sonia
David Kossoff ... Avrom Kandinsky
Joe Robinson ... Sam Heppner
Jonathan Ashmore ... Joe
Brenda de Banzie ... 'Lady' Ruby
Primo Carnera ... Python Macklin
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
Harold Berens ... Oliver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bart Allison ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Barbara Archer ... Madam Rita's Workroom Girl (uncredited)
Harry Baird ... Jamaica (uncredited)
Alfie Bass ... Alf the Bird Man (uncredited)
Bruce Beeby ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Blake ... Wrestling M.C. (uncredited)
Rosalind Boxall ... Mrs. Alf (uncredited)
Alanna Boyce ... (uncredited)
Madge Brindley ... Mrs. Quinn (uncredited)
Eddie Byrne ... Sylvester the Photographer (uncredited)
Ashr Day ... Indian Girl (uncredited)
Max Denne ... Customer (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Chick Man (uncredited)
Nora Gordon ... Customer (uncredited)
Charlie Green ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Ray Hunter ... Wrestler (uncredited)
George Hurst ... Dog Man (uncredited)
Lily Kann ... Mrs. Kramm (uncredited)
Harold Kasket ... (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... (uncredited)
Meier Leibovitch ... Mendel (uncredited)
Locarno ... Pigeon Man (uncredited)
Harry Locke ... (uncredited)
James Lomas ... Sandwich Board Man (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Postman (uncredited)
Edward Malin ... Dog Man (uncredited)
Lew Marco ... Referee (uncredited)

Spike Milligan ... Indian with Grey Beard (uncredited)

Norman Mitchell ... Stallholder (uncredited)
Judith Nelmes ... Alf's Customer (uncredited)
Mollie Palmer ... Madam Rita's Workroom Girl (uncredited)
Harry Purvis ... Champ (uncredited)
Raymond Rollett ... Breakaway China Stallholder (uncredited)
Marigold Russell ... Customer's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Charles Saynor ... Hokey Pokey Man (uncredited)
Arthur Skinner ... Stallholder (uncredited)
Derek Sydney ... Indian Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Peter Taylor ... Dog Man (uncredited)

Barbara Windsor ... Blonde with a Crush on Sam (uncredited)
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Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wolf Mankowitz  book
Wolf Mankowitz  screenplay

Produced by
Carol Reed .... producer
Alexander Korda .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates  (as A.S. Bates)
 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
 
Costume Design by
Anna Duse (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Frost .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tony Sforzini .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Palmer .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Bremer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Pellatt .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Anthony Masters .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Teddy Mason .... dubbing editor
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Red Law .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Tate .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ivor Worsley .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... matte effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ronald Etherington .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Teddy Mason .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Norman Savage .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
 
Other crew
Olga Brook .... continuity (uncredited)
Margaret Townsend .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-8 | Germany:6 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate number not listed) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Carol Reed's first colour film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Python Macklin is clearly meant to be a British wrestler, yet he speaks in a foreign accent.See more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Carol Reed paints Petticoat Lane with fantasy splendour., 18 September 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Young Joe is constantly enthralled by tales of a Unicorn, told to him by Kadinsky the tailor, he is mesmerised by the notion that a Unicorn can make wishes come true. Whilst roaming the market he happens upon a seller who has a one horned Goat for sale, believing it to be a Unicorn, Joe barters for the Goat and begins to see little miracles happening to the folk around the area.

This is a positively delightful film, based on the novel by Wolf Mankowitz, this is the first colour film from acclaimed director Carol Reed. A Kid For Two Farthings plays out the innocence of youth amongst a backdrop of working class trades folk in London's Petticoat Lane, young Joe, believing the Unicorn has mystical powers, starts asking for little miracles to happen to those around him, low and behold fortunes start to take an upturn. That the miracles are easily explained is of no importance in the picture, it's the belief system that this one horned Goat, via Joe's prompting, instills in everyone, a hark back to the time in us all when we believed in magic and miracles.

The cast list boasts Celia Johnson {sadly underused}, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Brenda de Banzie, Primo Carnera {perfectly cast as a hulking bully of a wrestler} and Sid James. Reed should take a lot of credit for getting such a joyous performance from Jonathan Ashmore as Joe, it's a lovely turn that has sweet innocence seeping from every frame. The film culminates in a well staged wrestling match that ups the tempo considerably, and then the film closes with a truly wonderful final shot that left this particular viewer feeling all the more richer for having just watched this picture. 8/10

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