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Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop (1954)
"Isn't Life Wonderful!" (original title)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  10 November 1954 (USA)
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Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ...
Father
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Mother
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Uncle Willie
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Charles
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Aunt Kate
Dianne Foster ...
Virginia van Stuyden
Robert Urquhart ...
Frank
Russell Waters ...
Green
Cecil Trouncer ...
Dr. Barsmith
Philip Stainton ...
Dr. Mason
Edwin Styles ...
Bamboula
Arthur Young ...
Sir George Probus
Fabia Drake ...
Lady Probus
Alec Finter ...
Uncle Richard
Cicely Paget-Bowman ...
Aunt Theo
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Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle Willie buy a bicycle shop in order to impress Virginia van Stuyden, an American heiress in love with Frank. This pleases Uncle Willie's young nephew, Charles, (who also serves as a commentator throughout the film.) Complications arise when stuffy lord, Sir George Probus, at whose home Virginia is staying, becomes stuffy-Brit shocked when she attends a carnival. Virginia is also irked because Frank isn't more manly. They nearly all turn up at a convalescent home, where Uncle Willie brings the young lovers together, and announces that milk will be his only beverage-of-choice in the future. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Flat Tires and Broken Romances! (original poster)

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10 years after making this movie the little red haired boy, played by Peter Asher, would knock The Beatles out of number 1 as half of Peter and Gordon, doing Paul McCartney's song "world Without Love". Paul was dating Peter's sister Jane Asher. See more »

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Isn't Life Wonderful!
Written by Phil Park
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Life with (an English) Father
12 March 2011 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

For anyone who is wondering, this movie is an attractively photographed film in still-crisp colour ("by Technicolor") that can be summed up as England's answer to "Life with Father".

That is to say, stuffy-character actor Cecil Parker plays the lovably opinionated, semi-tyrannical head of a household. He has only one child, a son, but has also to deal with his extended family's black sheep Uncle Willie, played by Donald Wolfit (who steals the picture, such as it is).

The film (set in 1902) benefits from lavish production detail, period costumes and sets, but suffers from the "fourth wall" breaking narration of 10 year old Peter Asher (fashion model and actress Jane Asher's brother). He isn't especially engaging as a performer, sad to say.

Episodic and not very funny, but also short enough to be possibly worth a look on a rainy weekend at home.


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