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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:
A gentle look at the innocence of childhood 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)

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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Language:
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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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A gentle look at the innocence of childhood, 12 June 2002
Author: emuir-1 from United States

A nostalgic film which works on many levels. It is as gentle a look at the innocent magic of childhood as Stephen Spielberg's E.T. It is also a look at the indomitable spirit of London's east enders only 10 years after the end of WWII. Another level is a look back at the 50's, which seem chaste by comparison with today. As one who grew up in the 50's, I can remember that it was exactly like that. Wrestling matches were gritty affairs which took place on Friday night's at the local drill hall, and attracted all the small town gamblers, crooks, bookmakers and "fast Eddies" in town.

The film captures the cockney humor and sharp wit of the polyglot community practically living on top of each other. People lived close to the small shops and businesses. Everyone knew everyone else and saw them all day. Their lives were lived openly, with the neighbors sharing in each others joys, sorrows, gossip, romances, and whatever. The most shining performance is that of the wonderful character actor, David Kossof, as the elderly tailor who strives to keep the child's dream alive.

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