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You Lucky People (1955)

| Comedy
Tribulations of inept reservists who find a fortnight's training an unwelcome interruption.

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Tommy Trinder ...
Pvt. Tommy Smart
Mary Parker ...
Pvt. Sally Briggs
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Sgt. Hortense Tipp
R.S.M. Brittain ...
Himself (as 'Tibby' Brittain)
James Copeland ...
Pvt. Jim Campbell
Michael Kelly ...
Sgt. Manners
Mark Singleton ...
Lt. Arthur Robson
Charles Rolfe ...
Hooky
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Pvt. Proudfoot
Rufus Cruickshank ...
Sgt. Maj. Horace Thickpenny (as Rufus Cruikshank)
Michael Trubshawe ...
Lt. Col. Barkstone-Gadsby
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Pvt. Rossiter
Mignon O'Doherty ...
Col Trudgeon
Derek Prentice ...
Cpl Jones
Marcia Ashton ...
Pvt. Stubby Braithwaite
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Tribulations of inept reservists who find a fortnight's training an unwelcome interruption.

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army | sergeant | based on play | See All (3) »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Gordon Jackson was offered the role of Campbell. See more »

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Featured in Raiders of the Lost Archive: Episode #1.2 (2009) See more »

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Who Put Stripes On The Humbug
Music by Eric Moss
Lyrics by Peter Aldersley
Sung by Tommy Trinder
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"...get pink ones to match the Sgt.Major's eyes...."
30 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tommy Trinder was a star in his day and this was meant to be a vehicle for him. I guess if you like Tommy Trinder then this film will have some appeal but otherwise it is at best a quaint and not terribly funny period piece.

The premise of 'army life meets reservists/new recruits' is one that had already been explored and would be explored again. I guess the humour is largely lost on today's folk that didn't have military life as part of the common experience. As others have noted this film serves to highlight what a good film Carry on Sergeant is. Cast aside, I suppose this film could claim that it isn't any worse than 'down amongst the Z-men' but the latter at least has a catchy song in it.

The BFI have taken the trouble to digitally remaster this film and whilst it wouldn't have been top of my list for this treatment, they have done a decent job of it. The anamorphic lens used for the cinemascope-esque wide screen did produce some weird artefacts though; there is quite a lot of distortion at the edges of the frame which I found a bit distracting.

Overall there are other films in this genre which better deserve a viewing than this one.


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