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A Stitch in Time (1963)

An accident in the butcher's shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal amount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Norman Wisdom (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Pitkin
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Grimsdale
Jeanette Sterke ... Nurse Haskell (as Jeannette Sterke)
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Sir Hector
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Lady Brinkley
Glyn Houston ... Cpl. Welsh, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Hazel Hughes Hazel Hughes ... Matron
Patsy Rowlands ... Amy
Peter Jones ... Capt. Russell, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Ernest Clark ... Prof. Crankshaw
Lucy Appleby Lucy Appleby ... Lindy
Vera Day ... Betty
Frank Williams ... Driver Nutall, St. John's Ambulance Brigade
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ... Nurse Rudkin
Patrick Cargill ... Dr. Meadows
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Storyline

An accident in the butcher's shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal amount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or smiled since her parents were killed in an aeroplane accident. Norman decides to help. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1963 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El abombado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joe Melia and Norman Wisdom rehearsed a scene in a maternity ward waiting room but it was never filmed. See more »

Goofs

At c. 16 minutes the nurse says "Mr Grimsdale will be taken to casualty." She could not possibly know the name of the new patient this stage. See more »

Quotes

Mr Grimsdale: How long will the ambulance be?
Norman Pitkin: Oh, about 18 feet, Mr. Grimsdale.
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Things start hopping in the hospital when Wisdom arrives
13 November 2016 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"A Stitch in Time" is one of the later movies by British comedy actor Norman Wisdom. I think it is one of his better films. In this one, he had some touching scenes on a serious side, but these relate to the humor he brings in a hospital setting.

Norman Wisdom was a star of British cinema in the mid-20th century. He had a little bit of Jerry Lewis, some Red Skelton and come Lou Costello. But his character had much more and was his own. Three things distinguish Wisdom – his perpetual smile and happy attitude, his exceedingly high energy level, and his physical abilities.

In this film, Wisdom plays his familiar character, Norman Pitkin. Many other comedians used hospital settings in movie plots, and one can expect the same types of hilarious situations in this one. A hospital gurney race is one of the funniest I've ever seen. This film has some slapstick comedy to rival the best of early American comedy teams. And the musical ending is special.


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