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I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 March 1960 (Sweden)
A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director:

John Boulting

Writers:

Alan Hackney (novel), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Stanley Windrush
Terry-Thomas ... Maj. Hitchcock
Peter Sellers ... Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway
Richard Attenborough ... Sidney De Vere Cox
Dennis Price ... Bertram Tracepurcel (as Denis Price)
Margaret Rutherford ... Aunt Dolly
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Kite
Liz Fraser ... Cynthia Kite
Miles Malleson ... Windrush Snr.
Marne Maitland ... Mr. Mohammed
John Le Mesurier ... Waters
Raymond Huntley ... Magistrate
Victor Maddern ... Knowles
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Dai
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Charlie
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Storyline

Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in their fight for power. Written by Anonymous

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THE BOULTING BROTHERS Annihilated the Army in "Private's Progress" - Lampooned the Lawyers in "Brothers-in-Law" - Debunked the Diplomats in "Carlton-Browne" - Gave the Varsities Vitriolic Treatment in "Lucky Jim" AND NOW With a Sharpened Sense of Satire They Badger Big Business, Are Severe on Staid Statesmen, ANd Take a Titillating Tilt at Trade Unions! See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Après moi le déluge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film critic and Peter Sellers biographer Alexander Walker was invited to the set by John Boulting one day. Walker looked to see where Peter Sellers was and Boulting said he was right next to the critic. Walker was stunned. See more »

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In the shot preceding Stanley Windrush placing his bowler hat on the conveyor belt you can see the hat already on the conveyor. See more »

Quotes

[Stanley is sitting on his fork-lift truck]
Knowles: Come on, Squire. What's the trouble?
Stanley Windrush: Damn thing won't go.
Knowles: Oh you've done it now. You forgot to plug in, didn't you?
Dai: [gleefully] I saw that last night. And when Charlie saw it, he said "There's a bloke who's going to have a flat battery in the morning."
Stanley Windrush: Well if he saw the plug was out, why the devil didn't he put it in?
Knowles: Demarcartion, Stan. Not his job. He mustn't go doing work that belongs to other people, must he?
Stanley Windrush: I thought we workers were all solid ...
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I'm All Right Jack
Written by Ken Hare
Sung by Al Saxon
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Great send-up of manager versus labor union relations
27 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A young man (Ian Carmichael) works too fast and causes problems with the labor union in "I'm All Right Jack," a 1959 British film directed by John Boulting. Boulting actually lost a suit against a labor union. This is his revenge.

Stanley Windrush (Carmichael) is from a wealthy family and, after returning from the war, he wants to be in business. It's arranged for him to work at his uncle's firm as a laborer, against the wishes of his aunt (Margaret Rutherford) and work his way up.

Unfortunately, Stanley just doesn't get it. At first he's suspected of being an efficiency expert disguised as an employee, something the whole factory fears. Then he inadvertently does his job in front of an efficiency expert. It's found that he works faster than the other employees. This infuriates the union, who - again - go on strike, which they do every couple of weeks. It takes Stanley a while to figure out what's going on, but he does, in time for a television talk show.

This film is known today for the brilliant performance of Peter Sellers as the shop steward, whose politics, he says, are private. He's fabulous. The film also features Terry Thomas, also very funny, and other excellent actors, such as Dennis Price and Richard Attenborough.

Having worked in theater and read up on a recent Broadway strike, Boulting doesn't miss much. When Windrush asks why a bunch of men playing cards aren't working, in fact, unions often have quotas of how many people have to be hired, whether they're needed or not.

Many people, of course, miss the point of unions. If people treated each other like human beings, we wouldn't have needed unions in the first place. However, "I'm All Right, Jack" understands, as Windrush's impassioned speech tells us. As long as I'm okay, I don't care what happens to you. It's an unfortunate if honest message.

Don't miss this one.


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