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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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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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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

Julia Foster's vocal double was Marti Webb, the actress who played Ann in the London version, and who appears on the London cast album. 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

Harry Chitterlow: Don't forget old Harry. For £100, I'll let you have a quarter share of my new play.
Arthur Kipps: A quarter share? I'll take half!
Harry Chitterlow: Spoken like a gent!
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Connections

Version of Kipps (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know What I Am
Written by David Heneker
Performed by Julia Foster (dubbed by Marti Webb)
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Dreary
14 April 2004 | by rube2424See all my reviews

HALF A SIXPENCE on the London stage was good. When it came to Broadway,

trimmed and faster paced, it was better. The film, therefore, was keenly

anticipated by anyone, myself included, who loved one or both versions

of the play. What a disappointment. Bloated and overlong with new and

inferior orchestrations and arraingments, the film loses all the charm

that made the musical so delightful. Filters are used for no purpose (a

la Josh Logan with SOUTH PACIFIC), lyrics are dumbed down to inanity,

cameras are moved in and out for no reason and dance numbers are

unimaginative and fall flat! The only saving grace of this mess is the

delightful Tommy Steele who starred on stage and brings his charm and

charisma to the big screen. Without him, HALF A SIXPENCE would be a

disaster; with him it is simply a dreary mis-fire at the end of the

golden age of musical films.....


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