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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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Joan Rice ...
Iris
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Mary
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Alec Bigley
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Mr. Bigley
Marjorie Fender ...
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Ivor Petrovitch
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Gunner Mac (as Ricky Mc Cullough)
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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17 February 1955 (Portugal)  »

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The first feature film of Percy Herbert. See more »

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Take A Step In The Right Direction
Written by Norman Newell
Performed by Norman Wisdom
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Wisdom wrings laughs out of one scrape after another
24 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is another early film of British comedian Norman Wisdom. In "One Good Turn," Wisdom goes through one hilarious situation after another. It would be hard to contrive a plot such as this that has so many different, unrelated situations to exploit for humor. Wisdom provide riotous laughter in a telephone booth brouhaha. Then he is involved in a train fiasco. He is very impressive and hilarious when he takes wand in hand to conduct a real orchestra, tails and all. And, he is a hoot in a carnival boxing bout. There are many more crazy and funny skits.

All of this is related to Norman's duties for the Evergreen home for children, and his efforts to save the orphanage.

Wisdom has been called the British Charlie Chaplin, and some have likened him to Jerry Lewis. I think he had a persona all his own that included bits of several other comedians before him and during his time. I can see some Buster Keaton, some Lucille Ball, some Stan Laurel and some of the slapstick of the Three Stooges. I think his smaller comedy skits within his films closely resemble the hilarious hijinks that the Marx Brothers often created. But, his were on the scale of one performer compared to the Marx trio.

Movie buffs on the west side of the pond today should enjoy "One Good Turn" and other Wisdom films that so delighted our English cousins in the mid-20th century. (And that may still delight a younger generation today who watch films from the "golden" years.) Those were the days before Monte Python and the breakout of the new generation of very funny irreverent British humor.

These are films the whole family can enjoy for a night of laughter.


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