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Big Time Operators (1957)
"The Smallest Show on Earth" (original title)

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A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

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Jean Spenser
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Matt Spenser
Margaret Rutherford ...
Mrs. Fazackalee
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Percy Quill
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Old Tom
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Albert Hardcastle
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Robin Carter
June Cunningham ...
Marlene Hogg
Sidney James ...
Mr. Hogg
George Cross ...
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George Cormack ...
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Stringer Davis ...
Emmett
Michael Corcoran ...
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Storyline

Jean and Bill are a struggling married couple with Bill trying to scrape a living as a writer. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them that Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business - a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. They pack their bags and travel to Sloughborough expecting to sell the cinema to gain a huge inheritance, however, they discover the cinema is falling apart and is run by a comically incompetant staff who seem to have worked there forever. They set out with a plan to sell it but things don't quite go to plan. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Trivia

The films shown at the Bijou (all fictional and presumably filmed just for this movie) are:
  • Killer Riders of Wyoming


  • The Mystery of Hell Valley


  • Devil Riders of Parched Point


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Goofs

The label on the box behind Carter, reading 'P F G Lembo' is peeling off the second time we see it but is stuck back on thereafter. See more »

Quotes

Jean: [Reacting to seeing the inside of the theater and its employees for the first time] Flea pit? More like "The Snake Pit!"
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A must-see film for those who love film.
23 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who hasn't seen a forlorn, forgotten little neighborhood theatre and fantasized about reopening it, and making it work? For Jean and Matt, though, who have no options after starting over in a strange city, it becomes a necessity. The hopeless crusade becomes the kind of poignant-yet-hilarious stuff that makes for an unforgettable film. Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers and Bernard Miles, as the former staff members recalled from retirement, have a magical scene together in the Bijou's darkened auditorium one night after closing time, recalling the old days with a silent film and the disused piano. Great stuff. I only wish the film was longer.


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