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Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop (1953)

Isn't Life Wonderful! (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1954 (USA)
Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold French

Writers:

Brock Williams (novel), Brock Williams (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ... Father
Eileen Herlie ... Mother
Donald Wolfit ... Uncle Willie
Peter Asher ... Charles
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Aunt Kate
Dianne Foster ... Virginia van Stuyden
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Frank
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Green
Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer ... Dr. Barsmith
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Dr. Mason
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Bamboula
Arthur Young Arthur Young ... Sir George Probus
Fabia Drake ... Lady Probus
Alec Finter Alec Finter ... Uncle Richard
Cicely Paget-Bowman Cicely Paget-Bowman ... Aunt Theo
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Storyline

Around the turn of the century, in England, alcoholic Uncle Willie is the bane of his family, of which his brother-in-law (Cecil Parker) is the family spokesman. It is decided to let Uncle Willie buy a bicycle shop in order to impress Virginia van Stuyden, an American heiress in love with Frank. This pleases Uncle Willie's young nephew, Charles, (who also serves as a commentator throughout the film.) Complications arise when stuffy lord, Sir George Probus, at whose home Virginia is staying, becomes stuffy-Brit shocked when she attends a carnival. Virginia is also irked because Frank isn't more manly. They nearly all turn up at a convalescent home, where Uncle Willie brings the young lovers together, and announces that milk will be his only beverage-of-choice in the future. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Flat Tires and Broken Romances! (original poster)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

10 years after making this movie the little red haired boy, played by Peter Asher, would knock The Beatles out of number 1 as half of Peter and Gordon, doing Paul McCartney's song "world Without Love". Paul was dating Peter's sister Jane Asher. See more »

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Isn't Life Wonderful!
Written by Phil Park
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Very rare comedy featuring Donald Wolfift
21 May 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Looking at the filmography of Donald Wolfitt I cannot see that he appeared in another comedy.Perhaps having viewed this film he decided that he better stick to drama.Any film starring him and Cecil Parker must have its bright moments.However they are lumbered with a rather unfunny script and a truly awful child actor in Peter Asher.I can think of very few films where actors talking direct to the audience works.To entrust such a daunting task to such a young and inexperienced actor is courting disaster.So it is little surprise when it falls flat on its face.The best aspect of this film is the Technicolor photography,though some of the process shots are rather dire.


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