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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 »


Robert Asher


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Pitkin
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Grimsdale
Jeanette Sterke ... Nurse Haskell (as Jeannette Sterke)
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


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


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 »


Nurse Haskell: Thank you Mr. Pitkin.
Norman Pitkin: What for?
Nurse Haskell: You obviously don't realise but you just did something wonderful.
Norman Pitkin: Me?
Nurse Haskell: Mmmm. You must have a gift.
Norman Pitkin: Oh, no. Oh, no, no. I don't want anything me and Mr. Grimsdale we do it for nothing.
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Pitkin Pandemonium at St. Godrics.
7 April 2013 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

A Stitch in Time is directed by Robert Asher and collectively written by Jack Davies, Norman Wisdom, Henry Blyth and Eddie Leslie. It stars Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jeanette Sterke and Jerry Desmonde. Music is by Philip Green and cinematography by Jack Asher.

Although not prime Wisdom, A Stitch in Time holds the secrets as to what made the diminutive star so popular. Obviously his style of slapstick and malarkey for laughs isn't for everyone, but Wisdom's career blossomed because the feel good factor in his movies was always so high. While there was nearly always a sweet thread in his movies, where the harsh critics would cite schmaltz or sappiness, others rightly point to the honest escapism factor, a chance to forget the world and its troubles for a brief moment in time.

A Stitch in Time sees Wisdom as Norman Pitkin, the young assistant to Mr. Grimsdale (Chapman) at the town butchers. When Grimsdale is hospitalised, Pitkin is determined to help wherever possible, which unfortunately means chaos will follow. This set-up allows Wisdom to indulge in a number of high spirited sequences involving motorised beds, teeth extractions, stretcher bearing, ambulance surfing, marching band chaos and even dressing up in drag. The "tender" sub-plot involves an orphan girl who after losing her parents in a plane crash, refuses to talk or smile, but Norman is on that case with the message being the innocence of unprejudiced kindness. That's that, really, all wrapped up in just under an hour and half of film.

Harmless and innocent fun for those who want to escape their blues. 7.5/10

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20 December 1963 (Ireland) See more »

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El abombado See more »

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The Rank Organisation See more »
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1.85 : 1
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