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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)  »

Also Known As:

O tyherakias  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Sharon Acker receives an "introducing" credit. 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
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Academia and stuffiness comes under the Boulting's microscope.
25 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Lucky Jim is directed by John Boulting and adapted from the Kingsley Amis novel of the same name. It stars Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Hugh Griffith, Sharon Acker and Jean Anderson.

A Redbrick university In Britain's New Elizabethan Age: Here Are Moulded The Intellectual Drakes And Raleighs Of Tomorrow-Fearless, Independent- -

And State Supported!

Enter Carmichael's accident prone Jim Dixon, who in order to keep his job at the University has to do the bidding for Griffith's dull Professor Welch. Worse still, maybe, is having to spend time with his boorish family, especially the Son, pompous show off Bertrand (Thomas). Salvation may come in the form of Bertrand's companion, though, Christine Callaghan (Acker)?

I haven't read the Amis novel this is based on, so can't have frame of reference there. By all accounts it's very different, and staunch Amis supporters are very dismissive of the Boulting movie. The film itself is hardly prime Boullting Brothers, who would produce British classics such as Brighton Rock and I'm All Right Jack, but it has a number of funny scenes whilst also being nicely flecked with satirical flavouring. Carmichael attacks the lead role with gusto and comic affability, while "scary eyebrows" Griffith and Terry-Thomas provide good comedy footings for Carmichael to work from. The ladies are pretty and effective enough, without really doing anything any other British actress of the time couldn't have done, but all told it's a well acted and genial time filler for the undemanding. 6.5/10

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