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Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop -- Uncle Willie, who has something of a drinking problem, is the black sheep of his wife's otherwise sterling family. The family decides to buy Willie a bicycle shop to settle him down. Unfortunetely, he causes even more trouble!


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Brock Williams (novel)
Brock Williams (screenplay)
Release Date:
10 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Cecil Parker ... Father

Eileen Herlie ... Mother

Donald Wolfit ... Uncle Willie

Peter Asher ... 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
Basil Cunard ... Uncle Henry
Viola Lyel ... Aunt Jane
John Welsh ... Uncle James
Margot Lister ... Aunt Betsy
Henry Hewitt ... Cousin Arthur
George Woodbridge ... Cockie
Wensley Pithey ... Sam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Pleasance ... Juvenile (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold French 
Writing credits
Brock Williams (novel "Uncle Willie and the Bicycle Shop")

Brock Williams (screenplay)

Produced by
Warwick Ward .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Green 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier 
Film Editing by
Edward B. Jarvis 
Art Direction by
Terence Verity 
Costume Design by
Anna Duse 
Makeup Department
L.V. Clark .... makeup artist
Jayne Seymour .... hair stylist
Production Management
Terry Hunter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Scott .... first assistant director
Norman Harrison .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... recording director
Cecil Mason .... sound recordist
Arthur Southgate .... dubbing editor (as A.J. Southgate)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold Haysom .... camera operator
Hugh Salisbury .... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek Whitehurst .... focus puller: second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winifred Jackson .... wardrobe mistress
Goff Price .... wardrobe master
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Louis Levy .... composer: Uncle Willie's theme (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... technicolor color consultant
Pamela Gayler .... continuity
Maureen Duffy .... assistant continuity (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Isn't Life Wonderful!" - UK (original title)
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83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #19720)
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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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Life with (an English) Father, 12 March 2011
Author: vladimir-137 from australia

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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