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Just My Luck (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 January 1958 (Sweden)
Norman works in a jewellers workshop and fantasises (in the nicest way) about meeting the window dresser across the road from his workshop. He wants to buy her a diamond pendant but ... See full summary »

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Peter Cusick (anecdote), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Hackett
Margaret Rutherford ... Mrs. Dooley
Jill Dixon ... Anne
Leslie Phillips ... Hon. Richard Lumb
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Miss Daviot
Joan Sims ... Phoebe
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Stoneway
Peter Copley ... Gilbert Weaver
Vic Wise Vic Wise ... Eddie Diamond
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Hackett
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Cranley
Marianne Stone ... Tea Bar Attendant
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Man in Cinema
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Masseur
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Goodwood Official
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Norman works in a jewellers workshop and fantasises (in the nicest way) about meeting the window dresser across the road from his workshop. He wants to buy her a diamond pendant but calculates it will take him over 100 years to save up for it. He is talked into betting a pound on a six horse accumulator at the Goodwood races with a slightly shady bookmaker. When he has won on the first five races, the bookie owes him over 16,000 pounds and everyone begins to worry. Everyone's future depends on a single race ... what can be done ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1958 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Spatz in der Hand See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Hal Osmond appears briefly as a man holding a bunch of flowers when Wisdom is brought into hospital See more »

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When Norman goes to the coffee shop, the bun and tea cup disappear and reappear in between shots and they switch places in between every shot before Miss Daviot arrives. See more »

Quotes

Norman Hackett: Well, shall I go and get the tea now then?
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Norman Hackett: I thought, you know, perhaps you might like it early today, cos it being so hot and all that, and on account of the heat making us all so parched and everything. Nothing like a nice hot cup of tea to unparch it is there? You imagine it: all running round your mouth inside and then it goes down to your throat and then it gives you all that lovely feeling inside your stomach. You imagine it ...
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luck of the draw
20 August 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I first learned of Norman Wisdom -- who died last year -- a few years ago when I watched some of his movies dubbed in Russian. I could have turned the sound off and they still would have been funny as hell.

I didn't like "Just My Luck" quite as much as "Up in the World" or "A Stitch in Time", but I certainly laughed throughout it. Wisdom returns as Norman, the inept but goodhearted underdog. In this case, he works in a jewelry workshop and wants to be in a relationship with the shop window dresser across the street, and decides to give her a diamond necklace. So, he takes up gambling on horse races.

I didn't really understand any of the stuff about the races. It was just a pleasure to watch the guy get himself into a series of embarrassing situations, including one that probably gave millions of boys their first carnal experience.

Wisdom's movies are really popular in Albania. Enver Hoxha, who was president of Albania from 1945 to 1985, interpreted them as proletarian parables and so he widely distributed them throughout Albania. The Albanian people found them just plain funny. I couldn't agree with them more.


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