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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 Sparkling Gem See more (12 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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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:
The title, "A Kid For Two Farthings" is a play on the traditional, if optional, song which almost always concludes the Passover Seder. It's called "Chad Gad Yaw: ( English approximate pronunciation of the Aramaic). It is often translated as "A Kid For Two Zuzim" (a monetary denomination for which "farthing" is an inspired translation. The events in the song are cumulative (as in "The Twelve Days of Christmas.")as well as something of a tongue-twister in the original. For more, see "Chad_Gadya" online for more information.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Sparkling Gem, 26 November 2014
Author: krocheav from Australia

At last, a chance to see this unique, rarely played film again. During a resent trip to the UK and a chance visit with friends to Covent Gardens market, I happened to find a DVD copy. While my copy is not one of the re-mastered Criterion discs, this HVE disc has very good visual quality (even if the audio may be a slight thin) The transfer from the original IB three strip Technicolor is fine indeed.

When I first saw this work I had no idea it was made by that great British master Carol Reed (odd Man Out '47 ~ The Third Man '49 etc) This is a film of believable humanity with a true sense of beauty (often amidst back alleys). This unusual story at first seems to be a fantasy but it later dawns on the viewer that all that happens, does so by natural coincidence.

It's almost told through the eyes of Joe, a young lad growing up in a part of London now long gone (pettycoat lane)...the real story teller though, is the local tailor superbly played by David Kossoff. He's the gentle teller of stories that create a sense of wonder in young Joe. This marvelous story, written by Wolf Mankowitz has so many nuisances, I can't help but feel both these characters were etched out of the writers recollections and experiences of growing up with such people in similar surroundings. It's also spiced with some very witty humor.

In another of Wolf's award winning short stories "The Bespoke Overcoat" he tells the story of a tailor (again played by David Kossoff) this also featured strong overtones of human responsibilities. Many of the characters in 'A Kid for two Farthings' are quite gruff and the theme involves some grotesque wrestling scenes but somehow the drama of these everyday lives all adds up to a very special experience.

In some ways the look and feel of 'Kid' is reminiscent of Reed's "Oliver" a decade later. The young lovers of this piece are convincingly played by Diana Dors (her best work though was probably in "Yield to the Night" in '56) and wrestler Joe Robinson - surprisingly good in his role. Robinson, having been injured in various rough and tumble bouts realized movies offered a safer way to make a living. Young Joe (Johnathon Ashmore) who never made another film, grew up to become a Physiology lecturer.

This film is given a terrific look by superb Director of Photography Ted Scaife whose other works included the classic 'Outcasts of the Islands' 51 and two surprise entries in the Tarzan series 'The Greatest Adventure' 59 and 'The Magnificent' 60. Everything he photographs is graced with eye popping Art Direction by multi Award winner Wilfred Shingleton ('Great Expectations' 48 ~ African Queen' 51) The above combination brought together by an astute director, with a sensitive script, assures that this film offers a veritable visual treat. The film was well received at Cannes film festival and deserved its nomination for a Palme D'or.

The melodic music by prolific jazz and symphonic composer Benjamin Frankel, also known for: 'Footsteps in the Fog' 55 and 'End of the Affair' 55, adds just the right finishing touch. It tells much about the modern media industry when these great Motion Pictures don't receive the recognition they deserve, while so much cartoonish fluff flourishes.

If you like entertainment with a flair for realistic details and warmth, then this could be for you. The final walk off with tailor Kandinsky cradling the 'unicorn' won't be forgotten easily. Recommended for discerning viewing or film study...AND, good quality DVD's are out there!....KenR.

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