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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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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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Quotes

Norman: I'm Norman. The new window cleaner.
Maj. Willoughby: You should have been here at 9 o'clock this morning!
Norman: Why? What happened?
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By Philip Green and Marcel Stellman
Performed by The White Cockatoo Chorus (uncredited)
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works even when dubbed
23 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Up in the World" is the first Norman Wisdom film that I've ever seen (I'd never even heard of him until watching it, although it sounds like he was a fairly famous comedian in his day). If this one is any indication, then the rest of his movies must be a hoot. What I mean is that "UITW" nearly made me die laughing. It casts Norman Wisdom as working-class Norman, who gets a job as a window washer for some rich snobs. Employed by them, he proceeds to do the sorts of things that we most often associate with Insp. Clouseau and Gilligan, all the while riling the stuffy owners; that whole sequence when he interrupts the meeting is very likely to make you hoarse from laughter. But when some thugs try to kidnap the son, he has to take charge.

One thing that I should identify is that I watched this movie dubbed in Russian and I still laughed my head off. You literally don't need to know what they're saying to have a good time, you just need to see what Norman is doing. I guess that having him develop a relation with the maid did give the movie a humanizing aspect, but the truth is that you could watch "UITW" with the sound off and still get belly laughs. I definitely recommend it.


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