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Half a Sixpence (1967)

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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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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The Sock It To Me Musical Smash of the Year! See more »

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23 May 1968 (Colombia)  »

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6 monedas por tus sueños  »

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Trivia

Last cinema film of Helen Goss. 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 »

Quotes

[Kipps reveals his new-found fortune]
Kipps: [as Shalford] I don't like the way this place is run, so you better wake yourself up, or you'll find yourself out
[shouts]
Kipps: on your ear! 'Ficiency, Shalford! 'Ficiency, System,
[Kipps places a top hat on his head]
Kipps: and that to your blessed economy. And you can stick that on my account!
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Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) See more »

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Flash, Bang, Wallop
Written by David Heneker
Performed by Tommy Steele and chorus
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Dazzling British Musical
2 May 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I "accidentally" discovered HALF A SIXPENCE during 1979 on the late movie on NYC's Channel 5. I turned it on just before the "Half a Sixpence" number between Tommy Steele and Julia Foster. I didn't get to see it all, but years later it was shown on the Disney Channel. What a great movie! Great choreography (Gillian Lynne of CATS fame), charming actors playing the leads, and all that beautiful on-location photography in England! Tommy Steele sets the screen on fire when he lets loose in a dance number, and his star turn in the role of a simple lad who gets too rich too quickly and ends up miserable is believable and touching. Julia Foster is by turns sweet, vulnerable, AND feisty as his love interest, Ann.

The film (based on the London/Bdwy stage show and directed by movie-musical veteran George Sidney) has the look and feel of an old-fashioned MGM musical, which is probably why I loved it so. It seems to be more widely known in the UK - I believe it was more popular there than in the States at the time of its release, and perhaps it gets more TV airings in the UK? It's just too bad that it's not seen more often and appreciated as it deserves.


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