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Half a Sixpence (1967)

Not Rated | | Musical | 22 December 1967 (UK)
Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Beverley Cross (book), Beverley Cross (screenplay) | 2 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:
Tommy Steele ... Arthur Kipps
Julia Foster ... Ann
Cyril Ritchard ... Harry Chitterlow
Penelope Horner ... Helen
Elaine Taylor ... Victoria
Grover Dale Grover Dale ... Pearce
Hilton Edwards ... Shalford
Julia Sutton Julia Sutton ... Flo
Leslie Meadows Leslie Meadows ... Buggins
Sheila Falconer Sheila Falconer ... Kate
Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Washington
James Villiers ... Hubert
Christopher Sandford ... Sid
Jean Anderson ... Lady Botting
Allan Cuthbertson ... Wilkins
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Storyline

Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money. Written by Suzanne Houghton <tpk@infonaut.com>

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The Sock It To Me Musical Smash of the Year! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

6 monedas por tus sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Aylesford, Kent, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Helen Goss. See more »

Goofs

In the song, "Money to Burn", where Kipps (Tommy Steele) is playing the banjo, it's obvious that he's simply playing along to an audio track. But the sound begins several times before he does the strumming to make it happen. This should have been watched/caught in the editing process. See more »

Quotes

[Kipps has received a letter from Ann]
Pearce: Who's that from? As if we didn't know!
Flo: Does that girl ever run out of ink?
Kipps: No, she never lets me down!
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This Is My World
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Dazzling British Musical
2 May 2002 | by mikwalenSee all my reviews

I "accidentally" discovered HALF A SIXPENCE during 1979 on the late movie on NYC's Channel 5. I turned it on just before the "Half a Sixpence" number between Tommy Steele and Julia Foster. I didn't get to see it all, but years later it was shown on the Disney Channel. What a great movie! Great choreography (Gillian Lynne of CATS fame), charming actors playing the leads, and all that beautiful on-location photography in England! Tommy Steele sets the screen on fire when he lets loose in a dance number, and his star turn in the role of a simple lad who gets too rich too quickly and ends up miserable is believable and touching. Julia Foster is by turns sweet, vulnerable, AND feisty as his love interest, Ann.

The film (based on the London/Bdwy stage show and directed by movie-musical veteran George Sidney) has the look and feel of an old-fashioned MGM musical, which is probably why I loved it so. It seems to be more widely known in the UK - I believe it was more popular there than in the States at the time of its release, and perhaps it gets more TV airings in the UK? It's just too bad that it's not seen more often and appreciated as it deserves.


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