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The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941)

Kipps (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 30 June 1941 (UK)
Kipps the draper's apprentice falls in love with a girl above his station. When he unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he thinks his dream has come true. But money can't make him a gentleman, or bring him the girl he really wants...

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

H.G. Wells (by) (as H. G. Wells), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Frost Philip Frost ... Kipps (as a boy)
Michael Redgrave ... Kipps - as a man (as Michael Redgraves)
Diana Wynyard ... Helen Walshingham
Diana Calderwood Diana Calderwood ... Ann Pornick (as a girl) (as Diana Caldewood)
Phyllis Calvert ... Ann Pornick (as a woman)
Arthur Riscoe Arthur Riscoe ... Chitterlow
Max Adrian ... Chester Coote
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Walshingham
Michael Wilding ... Ronnie Walshingham
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson ... Shalford
Edward Rigby ... Buggins
Mackenzie Ward ... Pearce
Hermione Baddeley ... Miss Mergle
Betty Ann Davies ... Flo Bates
Arthur Denton Arthur Denton ... Carshot
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Storyline

Kipps the draper's apprentice falls in love with a girl above his station. When he unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he thinks his dream has come true. But money can't make him a gentleman, or bring him the girl he really wants...

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Remarkable Mr. Kipps See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Full-Range Recording {British Acoustic Film})

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature debut of Peter Graves. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ann Pornick - as a woman: Penny for 'em, Art?
Kipps - as a man: I dunno that I was thinking of anything really. Perhaps I was just thinking what a rum go everything is. Remember I used to say you can't be happy in this world if you don't live up to your position. Silly isn't it?
Ann Pornick - as a woman: Funny old Art.
Kipps - as a man: Ain't I? I don't suppose there was a chap ever like me before. Oh, I dunno though.
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Opening credits prologue: The Story of a Simple Soul See more »

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Version of Kipps (1921) See more »

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"You won't be happy if you marry outside your class"
10 January 2011 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

Kipps (an excellently cast and believable 'nice' guy Michael Redgrave) gets told the above at the beginning - and says it to himself at the end of this film. It gives an example of the era and mindset of this quaint period fable.

From a novel by (a less than usual subject normally associated with) H G Wells, this enchanting piece of sub Dickensian clash-of-the-classes is rich in period detail, is at times witty but generally unenthralling fluff. Interestingly, directed by one Carol Reed, only 8 years before his mega-classic The Third Man, Kipps looks twenty years older in style - and quality, than his later classic. Whether that was budgetary, or intentional or simply lacking the brilliant cinematography of Robert Krasker, it shows to the point of being almost incomparable.

Kripps is a dreamy draper in Edwardian England, who believes he has a higher calling in life and through an assorted set of not very adventurous jobs and relationships he attempts to better himself, but finds he cannot.

The UK release is too long and the US version at under 90mins might find more favour. As a rainy afternoon time-waster with lashings of nostalgia it does hit the spot, though. As in a cosy, fireside scene, it's a comfortable fable like 'hot buttered muffins and tea'.

Remade as Half a Sixpence, it probably did need the extra music and dance (and Technicolour) to make it sparkle and have a wider public appeal.


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