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Just My Luck (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 January 1958 (Sweden)
Norman works in a jewellers workshop and fantasises (in the nicest way) about meeting the window dresser across the road from his workshop. He wants to buy her a diamond pendant but ... See full summary »

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Peter Cusick (anecdote), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Hackett
Margaret Rutherford ... Mrs. Dooley
Jill Dixon ... Anne
Leslie Phillips ... Hon. Richard Lumb
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Miss Daviot
Joan Sims ... Phoebe
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Stoneway
Peter Copley ... Gilbert Weaver
Vic Wise Vic Wise ... Eddie Diamond
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Hackett
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Cranley
Marianne Stone ... Tea Bar Attendant
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Man in Cinema
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Masseur
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Goodwood Official
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Storyline

Norman works in a jewellers workshop and fantasises (in the nicest way) about meeting the window dresser across the road from his workshop. He wants to buy her a diamond pendant but calculates it will take him over 100 years to save up for it. He is talked into betting a pound on a six horse accumulator at the Goodwood races with a slightly shady bookmaker. When he has won on the first five races, the bookie owes him over 16,000 pounds and everyone begins to worry. Everyone's future depends on a single race ... what can be done ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1958 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Spatz in der Hand See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When Norman goes to the coffee shop, the bun and tea cup disappear and reappear in between shots and they switch places in between every shot before Miss Daviot arrives. See more »

Quotes

Norman Hackett: Well, shall I go and get the tea now then?
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Norman Hackett: I thought, you know, perhaps you might like it early today, cos it being so hot and all that, and on account of the heat making us all so parched and everything. Nothing like a nice hot cup of tea to unparch it is there? You imagine it: all running round your mouth inside and then it goes down to your throat and then it gives you all that lovely feeling inside your stomach. You imagine it ...
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Not Wisdom's best, but still enjoyable
8 April 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I'm very fond of Norman Wisdom and of his movies. He has a wide-eyed innocence that I do find charming, endearing and amusing too. Just My Luck is not his best film by a long shot, it is a paper-thin plot, a couple of scenes such as the movie theatre scene that were rather tedious and unfunny and I personally think it could have been longer as well.

However, the production values are thoroughly decent, and the music has its quirkiness. The dialogue and gags are amusing if nothing exceptional, though the eclair scene, the bathing the chimp scene and the scenes where Wisdom is high on chloroform are priceless.

There are several other joys as well, while the story is thin there are components, characters and themes that make it quite touching such as the shop worker/beautiful girl and the Greenwood races. Also Wisdom has a dual role, and while he has been better he is as endearing and charming as ever. There's also Margaret Rutherford who is such a lively presence in this movie and Leslie Phillips who also shows some above-credible comedic flair while playing it straight. While I have nothing against musical interludes, I did like that there aren't any here to perhaps endanger it from slowing down.

All in all, enjoyable without being one of the best. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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