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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 »

Director:

Peter Ustinov

Writers:

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

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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1948 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. Grimstone died in 1916. See more »

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A Young Anthony Newley in a British Comedy
15 June 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

We've seen plenty of films where some bit of magic occurs and two characters are forced to trade places. "Vice Versa" is another from that mold. It takes place in Victorian England and involves a stuffy father and his son, who must endure the hardships of a proper boys boarding school run by a humorless martinet with sadistic tendencies.

Though the film is comedy, its pedigree is straight from melodrama. The characters posture and pontificate--intentionally--so that Dudley Do-Right would fit right in. No matter where the story goes, this tone keeps it light.

For someone interested in filmographies, the prominence of young Anthony Newley and Petula Clark in the cast is noteworthy. Newley has to play two roles, in essence--both the young son and the father in the wrong body.

This is not a great film. And much of the story is predictable. Still, it is entertaining and a glimpse at British humor in the late forties.


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