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Up in the World (1956)

A friendly window cleaner works at an English country estate where he saves the owner's son from kidnappers.

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Jack Davies (screenplay), Henry Blyth (screenplay) (as Henry E. Blyth) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Maureen Swanson ... Jeannie Andrews
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Maj. Willoughby
Michael Caridia Michael Caridia ... Sir Reginald
Colin Gordon ... Fletcher Hethrington
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Lady Banderville
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Maurice
Jill Dixon ... Sylvia
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Conjuror
Hy Hazell ... Yvonne
William Lucas ... Mick Bellman
Lionel Jeffries ... Wilson
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Harper
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Prison Warder
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Max
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Storyline

Norman is a window cleaner who has to clean a manor house with hundreds of windows. He is distracted by the son of the house who persuades him to go into town. When some villains try and kidnap the young heir Norman fights them off but the heir has banged his head and can't remember Norman's heroic stand. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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They walk down the aisle ... you'll roll in it !

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1956 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta perra vida See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

There is an obvious stunt double at the top of the ladder in the long shots during the prison scenes. The double is much taller than Wisdom's 5'2" height. See more »

Quotes

Norman: I'm Norman. The new window cleaner.
Maj. Willoughby: You should have been here at 9 o'clock this morning!
Norman: Why? What happened?
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Up in the World
by Norman Wisdom
Performed by Norman Wisdom (uncredited)
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Lacking a shine
28 November 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I regard myself fortunate to have met Norman Wisdom once. He was doing some promotional work up in Newcastle in the late 1990s.

Up in the World sees hapless Norman play a window cleaner on a big country estate. It has more windows that roof tiles. Norman has to put up the spoilt brat of the household. Some bad guys plan to kidnap the heir to the title.

Norman is forced to take the lad to a nightclub in London where Norman causes havoc during a magic act. The bad guys make a kidnap attempt and poor Norman lands in jail.

Some of it is silly fun, but it is not a good film. Norman Wisdom's schtick has aged a bit. The bumbling about, the slapstick comes across as irksome. The singing is irritating.


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