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Vice Versa (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 1 March 1948 (UK)
Businessman Paul Bultitude is sending his son Dick to a boarding school. While holding a magic stone from India, he wishes that he could be young again. His wish is immediately fulfilled ... See full summary »


Peter Ustinov


Thomas Anstey Guthrie (novel) (as F. Anstey), Peter Ustinov


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Livesey ... Paul Bultitude / Dick Bultitude
Kay Walsh ... Florence 'Fanny' Verlane
Petula Clark ... Dulcie Grimstone
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Marmaduke Paradine
Anthony Newley ... Dick Bultitude / Paul Bultitude
James Robertson Justice ... Dr. Grimstone
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... Alice
Joan Young Joan Young ... Mrs. Grimstone
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... 1st Nanny
Vi Kaley ... 2nd Nanny
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Bowler
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Dr. Chawner
Harcourt Williams ... Judge
Bill Shine ... Lord Gosport
Andrew Blackett Andrew Blackett ... Duke of Margate


Businessman Paul Bultitude is sending his son Dick to a boarding school. While holding a magic stone from India, he wishes that he could be young again. His wish is immediately fulfilled and the two change bodies with each other. Mr. Bultitude becomes a school boy who smokes cigars and has a very conservative view on child upbringing, while his son Dick becomes a gentleman who spends his time drinking lemonade and arranging children's parties. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

1 March 1948 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dickie Bultitude was born in 1882. See more »

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Art Director and Architect Extraordinary: Mlle. Carmen Dillon See more »


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excellent and very watchable
17 November 2003 | by redcustardSee all my reviews

Very entertaining - in a silly kind of way. Anthony Newley knocks most other child actors into a cocked hat, and Roger Livesey is very endearing: neither overplay their parts as so often happens in this kind of yarn. If you appreciate light-hearted vintage English comedy you will surely enjoy this one - I thought it superb - but don't watch it if your movies need to be in colour or have relevance to something as it's just a bit of pure fun. This said it holds the attention throughout due to it's fast-paced antics and great characterisations. Hope it's out on DVD somewhere as would love to own a copy.

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