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Helter Skelter (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 25 July 1949 (UK)
A radio 'detective' gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccuping due to the machinations of a ghostly cupid who works his magic to cause mayhem and laughter throughout the film.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Gerard Bryant (additional dialogue), Patrick Campbell | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Susan Graham
David Tomlinson ... Nick Martin
Mervyn Johns ... Ernest Bennett
Peter Hammond ... Spencer Stone
Richard Hearne Richard Hearne ... Professor Pastry
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Major Basil Beagle
Geoffrey Sumner Geoffrey Sumner ... Humphrey Beagle
Jon Pertwee ... Headwaiter / Charles II
Zena Marshall ... Giselle
Terry-Thomas ... Himself
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Dr. Edwards
Colin Gordon ... Chadbeater Longwick
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Martin
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Ezekial
Robert Lamouret Robert Lamouret ... The 'Duck' Man
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Storyline

This is the ultimate screwball comedy, its weird, but endearing. An heiress who is being courted by two gentlemen develops incurable hiccups after watching a comedic dinner-theater performance. Through a series of events she meets the shy star of a radio detective show [David Tomlinson] who is attracted by the fact that she isn't a fan-girl; however his attempts at courting are cut short by his overprotective mother. A series of attempts to cure her condition including watching a silent film sketch ultimately result in a visit to a haunted house where further hijinks ensue.

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Hip-Hiccup-Hooray!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1949 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The long sequence of silent film they watch is from Would You Believe It! (1929), which features Walter Forde as the man with the suitcase. See more »

Quotes

Terry-Thomas: So sorry listeners for the delay but I've just discovered a slight technical hitch...
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Features Would You Believe It! (1929) See more »

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I'm All Yours
(uncredited)
Music by George Windeatt
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Riotous comedy
7 February 2011 | by peter-meunierSee all my reviews

This is a riotous and sometimes chaotic comedy that was probability years ahead of its time. The story is a straightforward romantic comedy about a woman who can't cure her hiccoughs, she is told that a fright will cure her ills so she visits a haunted house.

However what differentiates this film from comedies of this time is that it is littered with cameo roles from some of the all times greats of British film comedy.... Terry-Thomas, Wilfred Hyde-White, Jimmy Edwards and Jon Pertwee (twice) to name a few.

This film is directed by Ralph Thomas of the 'Doctor' films and it is easy to see many parallels with those classic movies.


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