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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 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The actual station name for "Hafod uwchben ceubwll y marchog coch" was Nant y Moel Station, Ogmore Vale, South Wales. The station has long disappeared. Word for word translation of fictitious station is: "House Above the Hole in the Field of the Red Knight". See more »

Quotes

David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: Is it far to St. Paul's? I've never been to a Cathedral before.
Jo: Neither have I.
David 'Dai Number 9' Jones: Oh, you Chapel too?
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Connections

References Passport to Pimlico (1949) See more »

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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477th Review: Welsh choirs, post-war optimism, and Alec Guinness...joy!
10 January 2012 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful early post-war example of what would become staple 1950s comedies - one of the first from Ealing Studios - it has an innocence and freshness, as well as genuine laughs and charm, that hold up well nearly 70 years later.

Two Welsh miners win the Daily Echo's prize for the most productive miners in Britain and head up to London to collect the enormous sum of £200 - as innocents in London they get separated and the one meets a gorgeous girl on the make, and the other a broken-down Welsh harpist. They are all chased by a bemused Alec Guinness as the gardening correspondent out of his métier.

All in all this foreshadows the great comedies of the 1950 - but it is a very lovely example of the genre - full of joy, energy, even some farce, and lots of very beautiful music - this is one to enjoy with a nice cup of tea and a roaring fire!


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