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A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1950 (USA)
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and various other urban distractions.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Clifford Evans (based on the original screen story by), Richard Hughes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Houston ... Dai
Meredith Edwards ... Twm
Moira Lister ... Jo
Alec Guinness ... Whimple
Hugh Griffith ... Huw
Clive Morton ... Editor
Julie Milton Julie Milton ... Bronwen
Peter Edwards Peter Edwards ... Davies Manager
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Pargiter
Leslie Perrins ... Burney
Dorothy Bramhall Dorothy Bramhall ... Jane
Andrew Leigh Andrew Leigh ... The Pawnbroker
Edward Rigby ... Beefeater
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Station Announcer
Mackenzie Ward ... The Photographer
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Storyline

Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be. Written by J. Hooven <dhooven@sprintmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Bolhoeden naar Londen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth Ealing comedy to be released in 1949. The others being Passport to Pimlico (1949), Whisky Galore (1949), and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). See more »

Goofs

(Around 20 minutes) a man is singing in the street but in the long shot his mouth isn't moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Stebbins: Don't you ever read the paper you work for?
Whimple: Read the Weekly Echo? That rag?
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Soundtracks

All Through the Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos)
(uncredited)
Traditional Welsh folk tune
Lyrics by John Ceiriog Hughes
Arranged by Ernest Irving
Sung by Meredith Edwards at the Amateur Night and heard as a theme on the train trip home
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Funny, Skillfully Made Comedy
7 December 2004 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

Two brothers, country-boy Welsh miners, come to London for a day to collect a prize won and to see a football match. They are separated when they arrive and spend the rest of the film trying to find each other. One, a handsome, naive lad (of the sort Bill Travers played in WEE GEORDIE) is alternately taken in tow by Alec Guinness, an effeminate garden-column writer, and by Moira Lister, a larcenous blonde. The other meets up with old-friend, street-singer Hugh Griffith, and they get wildly drunk. The pacing is superb, and the style is realistic. There is a large variety of amusing characters, the most memorable of which is Joyce Grenfell in a fancy dress shop. It's all extremely cleverly done, and filled with well-timed laughs. You don't see the laughs coming; in that sense they're never predictable. Nor are they easy, lazy laughs; they're very deftly worked out. Yet it doesn't go beyond that consummate skill. Halliwell, as usual, puts it very well; "with characterizations as excellent as they are expected." Somehow, the film isn't quite as pleasing as should be. This is largely because of the naive lad's relationship to the con-girl; one has to wonder about the worth of a man who'd completely forget his fiancé in a day, and Lister's weak performance doesn't give the conceit any help. Also, the level of farce is occasionally pushed beyond its limits. It's OK that the brothers keep missing each other like people slipping in and out of doors in a stage farce, but for Griffith and the brother he's with to literally pop in and out of the doors of the underground train, and stretch the routine to the limit, seems a bit much. But one feels a bit bad complaining about the weaknesses of the film, because it is very entertaining, and a skillfully made comedy.


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