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The Penny Pool (1937)

| Comedy
A young factory worker is fired for filling out her pools form at work. Discarding the ticket before she can sign her name, it falls into someone else's hands - and wins big.

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Credited cast:
Douglas Wakefield ...
Duggie (as Duggie Wakefield)
Billy Nelson ...
Billy
Chuck O'Neil ...
Chuck
Jack Butler ...
Jack
Louanne Shaw ...
Renee Harland
Tommy Fields ...
Tommy Bancroft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rex Alderman
Elsie Brown ...
Elsie
Gabrielle Brune
Howard Douglas
Jennie Gregson
Langley Howard
Jack Lewis Singing Scholars ...
Variety Act
Macari ...
And His Dutch Serenaders
Marie Louise Sisters ...
Variety Act
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A young factory worker is fired for filling out her pools form at work. Discarding the ticket before she can sign her name, it falls into someone else's hands - and wins big.

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Ronald Gow sold the outline to John E. Blakeley during a train journey between Manchester and London. He received £20, but no film credit. The plot is very similar to Gow's Lancashire Luck (1937), which was written some years earlier. See more »

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How Sorry I Am For Old People
Lyrics by Arthur Mertz and Albert W. Stanbury
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When we all did the pools
31 January 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Doing the football pools was a ritual each week well into the 1970s.At that time you could win £75000 for one old penny.In 1937 you could win £15000 which was still a lot of money.In this film the leading lady is sacked for doing the pools on company time.This notwithstanding the fact that Tommy,played by Gracie Fields brother,had won £500 on the pools.She drops her coupon on the way out.the foreman,whose advances she had rebuffed,puts his name on the coupon and posts it off.Tommy uses his £500 to buy a café and run it with his new girl fiend.It is no surprise to learn that the coupon has won.however before the cheque is presented to him his deceit is unmasked and the cheque presented to the rightful recipient.There are lots of musical numbers which are quite enjoyable if you are a fan of music hall and variety.That is with the exception of Douggie Wakefield.Lets just say that his broad comedy doesn't wear well.


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