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Up in the World (1956)

 -  Comedy  -  8 April 1957 (Sweden)
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Norman is a window cleaner who has to clean a manor house with hundreds of windows. He is distracted by the son of the house who persuades him to go into town. When some villains try and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Norman
Maureen Swanson ...
Jeannie Andrews
Jerry Desmonde ...
Maj. Willoughby
Michael Caridia ...
Sir Reginald
Colin Gordon ...
Fletcher Hethrington
Ambrosine Phillpotts ...
Lady Banderville
Michael Ward ...
Maurice
Jill Dixon ...
Sylvia
Edwin Styles ...
Conjuror
Hy Hazell ...
Yvonne
William Lucas ...
Mick Bellman
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Wilson
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Harper
Michael Brennan ...
Prison Warder
Eddie Leslie ...
Max
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Norman is a window cleaner who has to clean a manor house with hundreds of windows. He is distracted by the son of the house who persuades him to go into town. When some villains try and kidnap the young heir Norman fights them off but the heir has banged his head and can't remember Norman's heroic stand. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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8 April 1957 (Sweden)  »

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Esta perra vida  »

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Norman: No, no, no, no. Beat it up. Whisk it. Give it the old in the groove stuff. Hip dop day - hip dop a dippa-day hey whoa. Go on. Go on, hit it! C'mon everybody, frenzify yourselves! Hee hee! Go on, then; brilliant. Hey! Whose is this lot?
Maurice: Those
[drums]
Maurice: are my nephew's.
Norman: A-dee dee dee come on then keep goin' on a rhythm one two three it's a rock and roll, rock and roll! Wang wang, that's it, hee hee, run and run, hoo hoo; nearly fell over there! Dippety-doo! Come on snake hips, have a go! Hoo hoo. ...
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By Philip Green and Marcel Stellman
Performed by The White Cockatoo Chorus (uncredited)
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Formula Wisdom
23 August 2012 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

The irrepressible Norman Wisdom goes "Up in the World" from poster hanger to window washer at a lavish estate, and the estate is lavish indeed as the film's exteriors were shot at the magnificent Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. Norman again tangles with his old nemesis, Jerry Desmonde as the estate manager, and finds a new foil in a spoiled young heir, Michael Caridia. Although Norman never falters, the film does. An extended soccer match wears on, and an involved kidnapping plot has few gags. However, the finale's Marx-Brothers-like mayhem leaves an elegant hall in shambles, as befitting the ever-bumbling Mr. Wisdom.

"Up in the World" is formula Norman, which is not all bad. Norman is fired over and over; he sings the title song, one of his own composing; and he falls for a young housemaid, who is in the mold of the young ladies Norman always falls for. Michael Ward, who played a fussy photographer in "Man of the Moment," amusingly returns as a fussy uncle here, and Lionel Jeffries pops up in a funny cameo. Mr. Wisdom never lets us down; whether dangling from a window, fooling around in a queue, or doing battle with Jerry Desmonde, his comic talents are pitch perfect. If only the movie had been worthy of him. However, lesser Wisdom is better than no Wisdom, and "Up in the World," while not a great classic, is acceptably entertaining.


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