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Operation Cupid (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy | April 1960 (UK)
A gang of criminals win a marriage agency during a card game and plan to use it to arrange a lucrative marriage for one of their number.

Director:

Charles Saunders

Writers:

Jack Taylor (screenplay), Jack Taylor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Charlie Stevens
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Mountjoy
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Cecil
Harold Goodwin ... Mervyn
Norma Parnell Norma Parnell ... Lola
Charles Clay Charles Clay ... Mr. Cupid
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Bookmaker
Pauline Shepherd Pauline Shepherd ... Sylvie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Hallett ... Tom
Roy Jefferies Roy Jefferies ... Insurance Representative
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Smelly (as Eddie Malin)
Audrey Nicholson Audrey Nicholson ... Nurse
George Patterson George Patterson ... Monty
Colin Rix Colin Rix ... Postman
Beth Rogan ... Barmaid
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A gang of criminals win a marriage agency during a card game and plan to use it to arrange a lucrative marriage for one of their number.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Geschäfte des Herrn Cupido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alliance/Twickenham See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Soundtracks

Take Your Time
Music by Stanley Black, Pauline Shepherd and Malcolm Lockyer
Lyrics by Bruce Wyndham (as Ray Mack)
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Feeble comedy
29 October 2005 | by JasonTomesSee all my reviews

"Operation Cupid" is a simple-minded B-movie comedy that makes little effort to mask its all-round inferiority. Charlie Stevens, a hard-up Cockney wheeler-dealer, unwisely accepts a matrimonial agency as payment of a gambling debt. He discovers that the business is practically worthless, so, when Mrs Mountjoy, a wealthy widow, comes in search of a husband, he decides to pose as a South African millionaire in order to marry her himself. He is helped (or rather hindered) in this ruse by two dense side-kicks called Cecil and Mervyn. The film is padded out with scenes concerning Sylvie, Mrs Mountjoy's daughter, who dances in a leotard and sings a 'groovy' cha-cha-cha.

With its weak jokes, rudimentary plotting, and emphatically non-star cast, "Operation Cupid" could almost be a children's film - but I don't think it is. Charles Farrell in the central role comes across as a poor man's Sid James, while Harold Goodwin, as his witless helper, somehow even manages to suggest a poor man's Norman Wisdom. It's all quite inoffensive (except to viewers sensitive to insults to their intelligence). But what quirk of film-industry economics made "Operation Cupid" seem worthwhile to the people who made it?


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