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A Kid for Two Farthings -- A little boy buys a baby goat with one horn, believing it to be a unicorn and, by extension, capable of granting his neighbors' every wish.

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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:
"I've got a unicorn" See more (11 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 »
Quotes:
Madam Rita:You heard of Christian Dior? Well, I'm Yiddishe Dior.See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"I've got a unicorn", 1 August 2008
Author: ackstasis from Australia

Carol Reed is one of the few directors whose work I fervently wish to explore exhaustively in the near future. I made this decision on the basis of his post-War masterpiece 'The Third Man (1949),' perhaps one of the top ten films ever made, and my resources are currently strained in the frantic search for 'Odd Man Out (1947)' and 'The Fallen Idol (1948),' of which most speak with only the utmost praise. In the meantime, I managed to tape 'A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)' on late-night television, and, though it is one of Reed's more obscure offerings, I must say that I quite enjoyed it. Distinctly British in tone, the film is a gentle and warm-hearted fantasy film, depicted through adult eyes and designed to appeal both to children and to those who once were. Set in lower-class London, the story revolves around a bright young boy, Joe (Jonathan Ashmore), who uses his pocket-money to purchase what he believes to be an infant unicorn. Reed, even with what is relatively light fair, expertly captures the warmth and spirit of the working-class community.

In the hustle-and-bustle of London, a weary mother (Celia Johnson) takes care of her young son, Joe, waiting tiredly for the next letter from her husband, who is trying to make a living in the African colonies. Her neighbour Mr. Kandinsky (David Kossoff) runs a not-so-profitable tailor shop, and yearns above all else for a steam presser to make things easier for his aching bones. Mr. Kadinsky's diligent bodybuilding assistant Sam (Joe Robinson) has spent the last four years engaged to beautiful blonde Sonia (Diana Dors), but his meagre income has continually delayed their marriage; to raise the funds, he challenges a massive wrestler (Primo Carnera) to a professional bout in the ring. One day, when Joe is sent out to buy himself a puppy, he instead happens upon a runtish kid goat with a single paltry horn protruding from its forehead. Having remembered Mr. Kadinsky's tale about the magic powers of a unicorn, he immediately purchases the pathetic little creature, and so sets about improving the lives of his family and loved ones by drawing upon the wish-granting abilities of his newfound companion.

By the end of the film, Joe's young "unicorn" becomes a beaming symbol of hope for the story's main characters, and (arguably) triggers an unexpected upsurge in fortunes for the lower-class battlers. Strictly speaking, the story contains nothing that might be considered implausible in true life, but Edward Scaife's vivid Technicolor photography, particularly at night, highlights the artificiality of the shooting locations and studio sets, reinforcing the film's foundations in fantasy. David Kossoff provides the film's best performance as the wizened Jewish tailor, and Jonathan Ashmore is very enjoyable in the main role; his perfect elocution may conflict with his supposed lower-class upbringing, but it also makes his every word an absolute delight. 'A Kid for Two Farthings' is most certainly an outing in fantasy, only it distinguishes its fairytale by reflecting upon it from the nostalgic perspective of an adult, emphasising the importance of make-believe in the development of young minds in difficult times, and also perhaps suggesting that, even in adults, a lit bit of child-minded optimism doesn't go amiss.

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