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Trouble in Store (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 January 1955 (USA)
Norman (Norman Wisdom) is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always?). He wants to be a window dresser making up the public ... See full summary »


John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay), Maurice Cowan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Bacon
Moira Lister ... Peggy Drew
Derek Bond ... Gerald
Lana Morris ... Sally Wilson
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Augustus Freeman
Megs Jenkins ... Miss Gibson
Joan Sims ... Edna
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Bill
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Davis
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Miss Denby
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Wilbur
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Alf
Ronan O'Casey ... Eddie


Norman (Norman Wisdom) is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always?). He wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. While trying to fulfill his ambition, he falls in love (doesn't he always?) with one of the shopgirls. Together they discover a plot to rob the store and, somehow, manage to foil the robbers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A good comedy that will make you forget your troubles.
17 May 2004 | by david-697See all my reviews

Though now slightly over fifty years old, Sir Norman's film debut remains one of his very best movies. 'Trouble In Store' finds the clown in top form, as a stock room worker who wishes to move up in the world and marry the girl of his dreams. Whether roller-skating behind a fast moving bus or crooning his biggest hit (and signature tune) 'Don't Laugh At Me', Norman demonstrates the charisma that made him such a major box office attraction.

Backing Norman is the fantastic Margaret Rutherford, who in only a handful of scenes steals the picture (and everything else!) as an elderly shoplifter. The very lovely Lana Morris also scores as the object of Sir Norman's affections. Lana comes across in this picture so well that it is a real pity that she did not have a better movie career.

Highlights range from Wisdom's window dressing 'duel' with Michael Ward, a very catchy duet with Lana (Norman once again showing us his great singing voice) and a fun Western parody climax. This movie seemed to fly by and is probably Sir Norman's most enjoyable film.

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Release Date:

12 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich und der Herr Direktor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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