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Chance of a Lifetime (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 1951 (USA)
The workers in a small plough factory take over the firm, but when a large order falls through, the old management come back to help out.

Director:

Bernard Miles

Writers:

Walter Greenwood (original screenplay), Bernard Miles (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Radford ... Dickinson
Niall MacGinnis ... Baxter
Bernard Miles ... Stevens
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Morris
Kenneth More ... Adam Watson
Geoffrey Keen ... Bolger
Josephine Wilson Josephine Wilson ... Miss Cooper
John Harvey John Harvey ... Bland
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Palmer
Patrick Troughton ... Kettle
Hattie Jacques ... Alice
Peter Jones ... Xenobian
Bernard Rebel Bernard Rebel ... Xenobian
Eric Pohlmann ... Xenobian
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Lady Davis
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Storyline

Story centers around the difficulties and conflicts between labor and management on a farm-implement factory in post-WWII England. Dickens, after being bombarded again by, Baxter, the leading grouser in the worker ranks, blurts out the wish that some of them had his job in order to realize how hard it is. Taking the remark as a challenge, the workers elect Stevens and Morris to assume the management role. For a short while, everything runs smoothly but the mistakes made by the new "management" team leads to the workers once again becoming disgruntled with management. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle tiders chance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pilgrim Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hattie Jacques was able to do her own welding, as she had done the job during the war. See more »

Quotes

Bolger: We're not in the bleedin' army now, you know!
Bland: Might have done you a bit of good if you were.
Bolger: Ha ha. Hark at him. Six years in the PBI from Dunkirk to El Alamein while you was sitting on your fat end in a reserved occupation. We know. We 'aven't forgotten.
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The story of its exhibition outweighs the drama on screen.
4 May 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This was clearly a contentious film when it was first released.Originally this film was rejected by the circuits.It was championed by the producer and was imposed on the Odeon circuit by the Board of Trade.It was received enthusiastically by the critics..The Rank card was unimpressed stating "Unspectacular production,but one of general interest".However audiences stayed away.For example in Leeds where Up In Arms obtained 42 days of screening,this film obtained just 6.In southeast Essex The Royal Wedding obtained 88 and this film 13.Initially the producer claimed that Ranks marketing would kill the film but was subsequently forced to admit that the film had done badly notwithstanding the genuine efforts of the Odeon people to boost it.


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