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One Good Turn (1955)

Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property ... See full summary »

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John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay), Sid Colin (additional scenes) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Joan Rice ... Iris
Shirley Abicair Shirley Abicair ... Mary
Thora Hird ... Cook
William Russell ... Alec Bigley
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Matron Sparrow
Richard Caldicot ... Mr. Bigley
Marjorie Fender Marjorie Fender ... Tuppeny
Keith Gilman Keith Gilman ... Jimmy
Noel Howlett ... Jeweller
David Hurst ... Professor Dofee
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Ivor Petrovitch
Ricky McCullough Ricky McCullough ... Gunner Mac (as Ricky Mc Cullough)
Anthony Green Anthony Green ... Martin (as Antony Green)
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Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property developer (boo hiss) who is also the chairman of the orphanage board wants to close the orphanage and build a factory on the site. The children are sent to Brighton for the day and Norman is very excited because he's "Never seen the Sea". When they get back they discover the plan to close the orphanage and have to decide what to do. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Riotous Round of Fun! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 February 1955 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy szerencsés fordulat See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first feature film of Percy Herbert. See more »

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Referenced in Big Time Operators (1957) See more »

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Botany Bay
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Arranged and Performed by Shirley Abicair
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Bulliish Brighton Buffoonery.
10 August 2019 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

One Good Turn is directed by John Paddy Carstairs and Carstairs co-writes the screenplay with Sid Colin, Maurice Cowan, Talbot Rothwell, Dorothy Whipple and Ted Willis. It stars Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair, Thora Hird, William Russell, Joan Ingram and Richard Caldicot. Music is by John Addison and cinematography by Jack E. Cox.

Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and has slotted into the furniture as the unpaid caretaker. The happiness and tranquillity of The Orphanage is greatly disrupted when it comes to light that the Orphanage chairman wants to sell it and turn it into a factory. Can the staff, the kids and the biggest kid of them all - Norman - stop the scheming rotter?

A delight for Wisdom fans, this monochrome piece finds the jumping bean that is Wisdom on fine form. There's nothing new in the narrative threads, it's Norman causing chaos when he's trying to do good, and those around him are affected either physically or emotionally. So watch Norman with a wasp up his trousers, bringing the tears with onions, a child's motor car chase, a charity walk, taking control of an orchestra and more! The kids are great, as is the wonderful as usual Hird, and there's even a couple of musical numbers to ease the flow of the ebullience.

We know where we are heading, but really who cares? The fun is in getting there and finding Wisdom doing what he does best - lifting those blues. 7/10


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