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Lucky Jim (1957)

Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Principal (as John Welch)
Ronald Cardew ...
Professor Welch
Kenneth Griffith ...
Cyril Johns
Jim Dixon
Bill Atkinson
Penny Morrell ...
Miss Wilson
Margaret Peel
Reginald Beckwith ...
University Porter
Mrs. Welch
Glee Singer
Christine Callaghan
Bertrand Welch
Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart


Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get entangled with unexciting but neurotic Margaret Peel, a friend of the Professor's. All-in-all, the pub is the only friendly place to be. His misery is completed at a dreadful weekend gathering of the Welch clan by the arrival of son Bertrand. Not so much that Betrand is loud-mouthed and boorish - which he is - but that he has as companion Christine Callaghan, the sort of marvellous and unattainable woman Jim can only dream about. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A Rollicking Lampoon of University (High) Life!




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17 September 1957 (UK)  »

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O tyherakias  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Kingsley Amis felt that Terry-Thomas was miscast as Bertrand Welch, but decided he was so amusing in the part that it didn't matter. See more »


The taxi used by Jim and Christine when leaving the ball has 'Taxi' on a paper sign in the windscreen which is not there in long shot. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: A Redbrick University in Britain's new Elizabethan age: here are moulded the intellectual Drakes and Raleighs of tomorrow - fearless, independent - and state supported See more »


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Lucky Jim
and the voice of Al Fernhead singing
by Fred V. Bowers and Charles Horwitz
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Hilarious satire, notably sharp-edged for its time
20 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is an outstanding movie whose meticulously-crafted set pieces frequently had me in stitches. Superbly cast, Ian Carmichael, Hugh Griffiths and Terry-Thomas were in exceptional form, and the luminous beauty of Sharon Acker lights up the film. If you don't find this funny, charming and uplifting, all I can say is that I feel sorry for you!

The pompous, stiff and class-deferential era of the 1950s is marvellously evoked in this movie. Always the sign of a classic, even the minor characters - Mrs Welch, the taxi driver, the waiter and the university porter, for instance - all hold their own and come across as real people. The appalling persona of Bertrand Welch (Terry-Thomas) with his self-obsessed sense of his own importance is excellently drawn. One to see and quite possibly one to keep.

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