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Half a Sixpence (1967)

 |  Musical  |  23 May 1968 (Colombia)
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Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Steele ...
Julia Foster ...
Ann
Cyril Ritchard ...
Penelope Horner ...
Elaine Taylor ...
Victoria
Grover Dale ...
Hilton Edwards ...
Julia Sutton ...
Flo
Leslie Meadows ...
Sheila Falconer ...
Kate
Pamela Brown ...
James Villiers ...
Hubert
Christopher Sandford ...
Sid
Jean Anderson ...
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Wilkins
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Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money. Written by Suzanne Houghton <tpk@infonaut.com>

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23 May 1968 (Colombia)  »

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6 monedas por tus sueños  »

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Julia Foster's vocal double was Marti Webb, the actress who played Ann in the London version (and who appears in the London Cast album). See more »

Goofs

In the song, "Money to Burn", where Kipps (Steele) is playing the banjo, it's obvious that he's simply playing along to an audio track. But the sound begins several times before he does the strumming to make it happen. This should have been watched/caught in the editing process. See more »

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Harry Chitterlow: Don't forget old Harry. For £100, I'll let you have a quarter share of my new play.
Arthur Kipps: A quarter share? I'll take half!
Harry Chitterlow: Spoken like a gent!
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SHE'S TOO FAR ABOVE ME
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Lively Tuneful Big Budget Musical
19 April 2004 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

"Half a Sixpence" was a product of the age of big budget musicals that began with the success of "The Sound of Music" and died when such clunkers as "Mame" and "Man of La Mancha" appeared. As such, the film both benefited and suffered. The benefits were a generous budget that is apparent on screen in the period costumes and sets, the lush photography of the English countryside, and the large cast. Just renting all the antique cars as background for one short scene must have cost a fortune. However, the film also suffered as it was lost in the glut of these big budget musicals, which were often mediocre, and its star, Tommy Steele, did not have the name or the charisma to carry it alone as the cast is largely unknown. The film also suffered from the obligatory over-length and intermission, which were required at the time in order to justify reserved seat engagements for these "event" films. The movie has been seldom seen, at least in the U.S., which is unfortunate because "Half a Sixpence" is a lively family film with a tuneful score, energetic choreography, and an engaging cast. Also, director George Sidney is a veteran of MGM musicals, and he knows how to stage a number. True, the story of how boorish, snotty, and unhappy the rich are, while the poor are fun loving, generous, and content with their lot, has been done to death (see "Titanic"). However, the film's assets lie where a musical's assets should be: in the songs, the dancing, and the performers. On those counts, the film is a winner.


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