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Trouble in Store (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 January 1955 (USA)
Norman 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. Whilst ... See full summary »

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Moira Lister ... Peggy Drew
Megs Jenkins ... Miss Gibson
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Augustus Freeman
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Bacon
Lana Morris ... Sally Wilson
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Bill
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Davis
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Wilbur
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Miss Denby
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Alf
Ronan O'Casey ... Eddie
Derek Bond ... Gerald
Joan Sims ... Edna
John Warren John Warren ... Master of ceremonies
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Storyline

Norman 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. Whilst 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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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le roi de la pagaille See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jill Craigie, who wrote the first draft of the script, is reported to have asked for her name to be removed from the credits after learning of Norman Wisdom's involvement. See more »

Goofs

In the children's department is an elaborate Western mock-up. On the Sheriff's Office is a sign reading "SHERRIFS OFFICE." See more »


Soundtracks

Don't laugh at me 'cos I'm a fool
Words & Music, Norman Wisdom & June Tremayne
Performed by Norman Wisdom (uncredited)
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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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