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A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1950 (USA)
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and various other urban distractions.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Clifford Evans (based on the original screen story by), Richard Hughes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Houston ... Dai
Meredith Edwards ... Twm
Moira Lister ... Jo
Alec Guinness ... Whimple
Hugh Griffith ... Huw
Clive Morton ... Editor
Julie Milton Julie Milton ... Bronwen
Peter Edwards Peter Edwards ... Davies Manager
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Pargiter
Leslie Perrins ... Burney
Dorothy Bramhall Dorothy Bramhall ... Jane
Andrew Leigh Andrew Leigh ... The Pawnbroker
Edward Rigby ... Beefeater
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Station Announcer
Mackenzie Ward ... The Photographer
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Storyline

Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be. Written by J. Hooven <dhooven@sprintmail.com>

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A Spree with a harp and a harpy.

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Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Bolhoeden naar Londen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While popular in England where it was a box-office success and nominated for a BAFTA award, this movie did not sit well with Welsh audiences, who considered it too stereotypical. See more »

Goofs

(Around 20 minutes) a man is singing in the street but in the long shot his mouth isn't moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Stebbins: Don't you ever read the paper you work for?
Whimple: Read the Weekly Echo? That rag?
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Soundtracks

It's A Sin to Tell a Lie
(uncredited)
Written by Billy Mayhew
Sung by Gabrielle Brune at the Amateur Night
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The Whole Town's Talking About The Jones Boys
15 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A Run For Your Money concerns a trip to London after coal mining brothers win a prize from a newspaper. Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards play the brothers from some long unpronounceable Welsh village and Alec Guinness plays the gardening columnist who is assigned to cover their visit. Guinness who resents being taken away from his beloved flowers manages to botch the assignment as the brothers get separated and never quite get to the rugby match that they wanted to see.

Edwards meets up with an old pal from Wales in the person of Hugh Griffith who gets money from Edwards to get his beloved harp out of a pawnbroker's shop. The funniest gag in this Ealing comedy is Griffith carrying that harp around all over Londong as they search for Houston, while all the time stopping at every pub on the way.

Houston gets himself involved with a known con woman played by Moira Lister and Guinness is frantic to see she doesn't steal the prize money that the newspaper gave the brothers Jones. Houston is one naive country kid, a bit of a spin off from the character he played opposite Jean Simmons in the first Blue Lagoon movie. A certain providence watches over him.

This film would mark the last time Alec Guinness was a supporting player at Ealing. Henceforth he would be starring in these films. Honorable mention should also go to Hugh Griffith one of my favorite British players. Griffith may well have not been acting as his character is called to be soused the entire film and his appetite for the grape was legendary.

A Run For Your Money still holds up well after over 60 years and is still a very funny film. You will be talking about those Jones boys from Wales.


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