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The Fortunate Fool (1933)

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Hugh Wakefield ...
Jim Falconer
Joan Wyndham ...
Helen Baring
Jack Raine ...
Gerald Falconer
Elizabeth Jenns ...
Mildred
Arthur Chesney ...
Battling Stubbs aka Batty
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Rose (as Sarah Allgood)
Bobbie Comber ...
Marlowe
Mary Mayfren ...
Mrs. Falconer - Jim's Aunt
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Marlowe: When your aunt asked me not to mention it, sir, I didn't say that I wouldn't mention it, and as I felt it my duty to mention it, I mentioned it.
Jim Falconer: Thanks. I'm very grateful you did mention it.
Marlowe: Don't mention it, sir.
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Minor comedy with a moral
29 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hugh Wakefield is a wealthy author, bored with his present routine, who persuades Batty, an ex-boxer turned vagrant and petty thief (Arthur Chesney) and young office worker Helen (Joan Wyndham) down on her luck, to share his comfortable apartment. Batty steals a valuable miniature and Helen is blamed, but Wakefield manages to sort it out, forgives Batty and realises he much prefers Helen to his haughty fiancée.

Director Norman Walker made a number of films with a Christian angle; here altruism and forgiveness, together with the value of not limiting your friends to those of a similar background are the themes of this somewhat contrived little comedy, but it passes seventy minutes or so quite painlessly. Chesney, who's quite amusing, resembles a portly Edmund Gwenn, but I didn't realise that they actually were brothers. The relationship between Wakefield and his wealthy fiancée, young enough to be his daughter, is not very convincing, but Joan Wyndham is very sincere as Helen.


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