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Touch and Go (1955)

When Jim Fletcher is told by his firm, that his new furniture designs, are not in keeping with the firms image. he threatens to resign, and decides to uproot his family, and emigrate to Australia. but his problems are only just beginning.

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Fletcher
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Helen
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Peggy
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Richard
Roland Culver ...
Fairbright
Alison Leggatt ...
Alice Fairbright
Margaret Halstan ...
Mrs. Pritchett
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Mr. Pritchett (as Henry Longhurst)
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Kimball
Basil Dignam ...
Stevens
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Mrs. Baxter
Gabrielle Brune ...
Waitress
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Policeman
Dorothy White ...
Girl on the Bridge
Liz Fraser ...
Girl on the Bridge (as Elizabeth Winch)
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When Jim Fletcher is told by his firm, that his new furniture designs, are not in keeping with the firms image. he threatens to resign, and decides to uproot his family, and emigrate to Australia. but his problems are only just beginning.

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23 January 1956 (Sweden)  »

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When the two men are arguing over the price of jack Hawkins car, they agree to 'toss a coin' to decide the price. Jack Hawkins points across the road to a lamp post in which to toss the coin under but in the next shot they are under a different lamp post on the same side of the road as the car is. See more »

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Unmistakably Ealing.
21 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Touch and Go, a light and airy comedy from Ealing Studios is probably not one of the legendary company's best known films. It doesn't seem to have been included in any of the British box sets that feature titles like The Titfield Thunderbolt or Passport to Pimlico. That fact notwithstanding, Touch and Go is unmistakably Ealing in its plot, pacing and execution. The story finds Jim Fletcher (Jack Hawkins) planning to emigrate to Australia after a row with his employer (James Hayter). As one might expect, the decision to move lock,stock and barrel to another continent is not without pitfalls. Jim's wife is less than enthusiastic about the move, and with two days to go before the trip, his daughter meets a young man. Like most Ealing films, Touch and Go features a quirky storyline, though admittedly not AS quirky as,say, Man in the white suit. The social polemic is here (20th century everyman takes a stand against bureaucracy)and the above par acting, right down to the casting of the extras seems absolutely right. Although by no means a great film, Touch and Go, in lovely Technicolor, eschews belly laughs for gentle comedy and does so with style and wit.


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