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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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[Stanley is sitting on his fork-lift truck]
Come on, Squire. What's the trouble?
Damn thing won't go.
Oh you've done it now. You forgot to plug in, didn't you?
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."
Well if he saw the plug was out, why the devil didn't he put it in?
Demarcartion, Stan. Not his job. He mustn't go doing work that belongs to other people, must he?
I thought we workers were all solid ...
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Opening quote: "Oh! Brave New World that hath such people in't" --William Shakespeare See more »
Great send-up of manager versus labor union relations
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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