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Easy Money (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 February 1948 (UK)
A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Philip Stafford (segment The Stafford Story)
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Ruth (segment The Stafford Story)
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Carol (segment The Stafford Story )
Jack Watling ... Dennis Stafford (segment The Stafford Story)
Petula Clark ... Jackie (segment The Stafford Story)
Mabel Constanduros Mabel Constanduros ... Grandma (segment The Stafford Story)
David Tomlinson ... Martin (segment The Stafford Story)
Maurice Denham ... Kirby (segment The Stafford Story)
Mervyn Johns ... Atkins (segment The Atkins Story)
Joan Young Joan Young ... Agnes (segment The Atkins Story)
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Wilson (segment The Atkins Story)
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Cameron (segment The Atkins Story)
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Clerk (segment The Atkins Story)
Greta Gynt ... Pat (segment The Night Club Story)
Dennis Price ... Joe (segment The Night Club Story)
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Storyline

A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A mild-mannered clerk worries about how to tell his overbearing boss he is quitting. A double-bass player finds life without the orchestra lacks something. The lure of the big money even turns some people into criminals, as when a coupon checker is tempted by his night-club singer girlfriend to cheat the company. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

12 oikein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Spiv
Lyric and Music by Vivian Ellis
Sung by Greta Gynt (uncredited)
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One Good Story and Three Bad Ones
14 June 2007 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Four players of an English football pool find that they have won EASY MONEY. This movie, in four separate stories, explores how the sudden winnings changes their lives.

To a Yank, the premise of this movie (explored, documentary fashion in the first five minutes) is fascinating, as there is nothing equivalent to the football (er...soccer to us on this side of the pond) pool which brings on such large payouts. (The closest thing is the numbers racket, which, um, isn't legal.) As for the stories: The first one, featuring an average middle class British family in a loving marriage, is by far the best, in both plotting, acting, and conveying a unique sense of place. This bit is as good as Passage to Pimilco in conveying a sense of England during the late 40s. (I mean -- it has everything, austerity, taxes, cricket, Scotland Yard, and dreams of a house in Bournemouth.) Also, its always good to see a generally healthy family unit portrayed realistically; it does not happen often in the movies.

The second one, on the other hand, suffers from rampant stereotyping of meek little clerks and their domineering, officious wives. This, too, is a very English feeling story, but, in this case, not in a good way. Unsatisfactory.

The third tale is an attempt at an American style story, in which a beautiful but bad woman convinces the usual gullible male into gaming the pool so she wins the money. Like the ersatz jazz number and bad singing that starts this sequence, nothing about the story or characters here feels true. The girl is very beautiful, but her story is very phony.

The fourth tale is somewhat better, but is a self-conscious class-conscious "comic" tale of a cockney bass player for the local symphony orchestra, and his difficult relationship with the orchestra conductor. Some might like this; I found it a one joke tale stretched out far too long.

In other words, the first 40 minutes of this movie are really very good. The rest stinks.


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