12 great Norman Wisdom movies in one big value box set! Films Include: 1. The Bulldog Breed (1960) 2. The Early Bird (1965) 3. Follow A Star (1959) 4. Just My Luck (1957) 5. Man Of The Moment (1955) 6. On The Beat (1962) 7. One Good Turn (1954) 8. Press For Time (1966) 9. The Square Peg (1958) 10. Stitch In Time (1963) 11. Trouble In Store (1953) 12. Up In The World (1956)
A film starring Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair, Director John Paddy Carstairs, Writers Jon Paddy Carstairs, Maurice Cowan, Ted Willis and Dorothy Whipple. producer Maurice Cowan. Rereleased by Granada Ventures Limited
This box set features the following films: The Duke Wore Jeans (Dir. Gerald Thomas) (1958): Comedy about a cockney lad who pretends to be a Lord in order to woo a South American princess It's All Happening (Dir. Don Sharp) (1963): Billy Bowles (Tommy Steele) is an A & R talent co-ordinator who has grown up as an orphan. He returns every Saturday to the place he grew up. The sentimental Billy arranges a recording session and a benefit performance to help the orphanage. He gathers a bevy of song and dance professionals in the spirit of Andy Hardy and puts on a show the kids will never forget. The Tommy Steele Story (Dir. Gerard Bryant) (1957): This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele . His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy was just too nice. Tommy The Toreador (Dir. John Paddy Carstairs) (1959): Tommy is a happy sailor travelling the world singing his favourite songs. When he visits Spain he gets mistaken for a famous bullfighter and somehow ends up in the bull-ring facing a very angry bull and an expecting crowd!
This Norman Wisdom Collection contains 12 vintage Wisdom comedies, from 1953's Trouble in Store to 1966's Press for Time. All are also released as six separate two-in-one sets. Please refer to our individual film reviews for each release: Trouble in Store/Up in the World The Square Peg/Follow a Star On the Beat/Man of the Moment The Bulldog Breed/One Good TurnA Stitch in Time/Just My Luck The Early Bird/Press for Time On the DVDs: The Norman Wisdom Collection has four brand-new audio commentaries from Norman Wisdom himself in conversation with film historian Robert Ross. The four films with commentary are: Trouble in Store (1953), On the Beat (1962), A Stitch in Time (1963) and The Early Bird (1965). All the discs come with a trailer and English subtitles as standard.
Charlie Drake plays a misunderstood larger-than-life travel agency clerk Charles Sands who is sent to the desert to supervise the opening of one of his firm's new investments: Bossom's Bedouin Holiday Camp. What Charlie doesn't know is that a ruthless Arab sheikh wants the land on which the camp is being built because he believes there's oil in the dunes! The irrepressible star of The Worker heads an impressive cast – including superior screen villain Peter Arne and Upstairs Downstairs regular Raymond Huntley – in this hilarious early '60s comedy feature presented here in a brand new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Original Pressbook PDF
Norman Wisdom became an instant movie star with the release of Trouble in Store in 1953. Playing a character called Norman, he brought his familiar stage and television personality to the big screen as a young man with the ambition to become a window dresser in a major department store. Ever lovable victim of his own clumsiness, all Norman's efforts to improve himself result in chaos. That is, until he meets Sally (Lana Morris), the girl of his dreams. Then things turn disastrous. Costarring Margaret Rutherford, Trouble in Store introduced Wisdom's self-penned song which would become his theme, "Don't laugh at Me ('cause I'm a Fool)". The film became a massive box-office hit and won Wisdom a BAFTA Award. Very much of its time, admittedly, it's still highly entertaining. In 1956 the title of his latest film, Up in the World accurately described Norman Wisdom's career. This was the great British comedian's fourth hit in as many years, this time finding himself employed as window cleaner to Lady Banderville (Ambrosine Phillpotts). Apart from having hundreds of windows to polish, things would be going fine for Norman if it weren't for the endless practical jokes played by Lady Banderville's son, Sir Reginald (Michael Caridia). However, when the irritating Reggie is kidnapped, Norman has the chance to prove himself a hero, and it just might impress his beautiful costar Maureen Swanson. By now Wisdom was set on a winning formula, working with much the same team as on his three previous smashes, including Jerry Desmonde as Major Willoughby, who had starred in both Trouble in Store (1953) and Man of the Moment (1955). --Gary S Dalkin
1950s British comedy in which a petty criminal attempts to pass some counterfeit notes. After stealing a briefcase of money, Willie Frith (Ian Carmichael) realises the notes are fake. However, in an attempt to win the affections of barmaid Gloria (Belinda Lee) Willie begins spending the money. Meanwhile, the man whose briefcase was stolen is out to seek the culprit...
Trouble In Store finds our Norman in his very first film causing havoc in a department store. You see, Norman wants to be a window dresser for a large department store, but realising his dream is not as easy as he first envisioned. However, when he eventually gets the job his employers have him to thank for foiling a robbery...
Few actors could be better suited than David Tomlinson for the role of a doltish viscount unintentionally entangled in politics and this brisk 1949 satire was a huge success both for the accomplished character player and his similarly gifted co-stars Cecil Parker and eighty-year-old film veteran A.E. Matthews. The Chiltern Hundreds is directed by John Paddy Carstairs - whose later career encompassed a string of box-office hits with the likes of Frankie Howerd Norman Wisdom and Tommy Steele - and is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Young Viscount Tony Pym wangles National Service leave on the pretext of standing as a Tory candidate for a local seat held by his family for generations. The request is a ruse to enable Pym to marry his wealthy American fiancée while she's still in England but his masterplan backfires when he finds himself swept into an election campaign and beaten by Labour's Mr Cleghorn - who is then made a peer. In an attempt to save face Pym decides to stand again - as a socialist. It all proves too much for the Pyms' loyal true-blue butler Mr Beecham... Special Features: Image Gallery
A family reduced to imminent poverty by the father's disinclination to work; an American lawyer looking for the heir to half a million pounds; the scene is set for a hilarious tale of creative deception from director John Paddy Carstairs! Featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, this highly engaging comedy stars Dixon of Dock Green star Jack Warner as Bartley Murnahan, a likeable loafer who manages to give the impression that a large inheritance is due to his family. Bartley uses his wiliness to settle some scores and secure a future for his children, but this new-found prosperity comes at a price he may not be willing to pay!
Carlos Varella (Carlos Thompson) is an import-export agent with a finger in every pie. Charming, elegant, sophisticated and widely travelled, he's the sort of man that people come to for help. With the aid of his secretary Suzy Carter, manservant Chin (the legendary Burt Kwouk) and fellow Mercury International employee Bill Randall, Carlos's devil-maycare attitude and infectious sense of humour see him through the stickiest of situations!
Norman Wisdom reprises his famous Pitkin character for the third time in A Stitch in Time, and Edward Chapman is also back to provide Norman with the excuse to reprise his immortal catch-phrase "Mr Grimsdale!". Here he succeeds in causing chaos in a St John Ambulance unit, as well as donning drag to play a blonde nurse complete with suspender belt and silk stockings. Each Norman Wisdom movie usually sees him as the accidental Lord of Misrule in one institution or another, and this time it's the NHS: after being banned from his local hospital, Norman resorts to subterfuge to visit a little orphan girl. There's an autobiographical touch here, as Wisdom himself was raised in an orphanage and centred the plot of One Good Turn (1954) around such an establishment. --Gary S Dalkin An important step in the career of Norman Wisdom, Just My Luck is principally notable for the introduction of actor Edward Chapman, whom many would come to know as series regular Mr Grimsdale. Here he's the stuffy foil to Norman's romantic plans regarding his jewel-making job, where he'll do anything to possess some of the wealth about him. The chance comes in the form of an accumulator bet at Goodwood races thanks to a slimy Leslie Phillips. Another star cameo of note was a second appearance by Margaret Rutherford (after Trouble in Store) as an eccentric animal owner. But the real advance with the Wisdom formula was that--after a reasonably serious plot line--Norman finally gets the girl. --Paul Tonks
Hilarious 1950's comedy of an under-performing public school directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Ronald Shiner, Anthony Newley and Ronnie Corbett. Professor Fortescue (Ronald Shiner) is a fake Professor trying unsuccessfully to sell his system for picking racehorse winners. When by chance, he succeeds he is chased by the local bookmakers. Attempting to escape, Fortescue stumbles into Bagshot Boys College and despite his lack of formal education, accepts the role of Professor of an unruly bunch of boys. When the boys cheat in an exam and win a trip to Paris Fortescue has to maintain control as they all head to France. His task becomes more difficult when the brother of one of the boys joins the trip to steal the famous Marie Antoinette necklace, and the trip quickly descends into hilarious chaos. A superb ensemble cast includes, Richard Wattis, Alfie Bass and Harry Fowler.
Long before assuming the mantle of 007, Roger Moore made his name as suave, ultra-sophisticated amateur sleuth Simon Templar in The Saint. First broadcast in 1962--coincidentally the year Dr No appeared in cinemas--the show ran until 1969, by which time Moore was internationally famous and poised to make the move to big-screen Bond. Simon Templar suits Moore's personality well: he plays Leslie Charteris's creation with the merest raised eyebrow reaction to imminent danger and the unflappable demeanour of a man whose first concern is to prevent any creases in his Saville Row suit. Templar's dialogue is sprinkled with trendy Americanisms and the show is filled with American supporting actors in a blatant attempt to sell it to a transatlantic audience (the attempt failed, which is why Moore took on The Persuaders in 1967). A bevy of exotic women and even more exotic foreign locations establish it as a product of the Jet Set era, even though most of the production is in fact studio-bound aside from a handful of establishing shots. The second episode, "The Latin Touch", is typical: supposedly the action takes place in Rome, but its sense of location is fatally undermined by some distinctly dodgy back projection and the casting of Warren (Alf Garnett) Mitchell as an Italian taxi driver. Sophisticated it once was, but it all seems rather quaint now: the suits, the old school tie, the phallic sports car (a Volvo!), and Templar's smug, patronising attitude all grate on modern sensibilities. This is one for nostalgia lovers, certainly, but it hasn't dated too well. On the DVD:Although billed as Series 1, this 10-disc box set contains the first 39 black-and-white episodes, dating from 1962-64. There are a handful of extra features on the first four discs, including some text biographies and fact files, plus an interview with series creator Robert S Baker. Picture and mono sound quality are generally poor, reflecting the age of the original material, which doesn't appear to have been remastered. Still, it's adequate for what it is and shouldn't deter fans from acquiring this generous collection of a cult TV classic. --Mark Walker
Set in Paris in the late 1940's 'Sleeping Car to Trieste' is a tense Cold War thriller brilliantly directed by John Paddy Carstairs. Post war Europe is in turmoil. Agent Zurta (Albert Lieven) and his beautiful accomplice Valya (Jean Kent) steal a diary with vital Cold War secrets from an embassy in Paris. During the theft Zurta murders a servant and to throw the authorities off his trail enlists the help of Karl (Alan Wheatley). But Karl double crosses Zurta and attempts to makes his escape on the Orient Express. As the train pulls out of the Gare de Lyon in Paris there are some very contrasting characters on board. Zurta and Valya are on Karl's trail but he is tucked away in a hidden compartment. As the train hurtles through southern Europe the eclectic bunch of passengers which includes an adulterous couple and their idiot friend (David Tomlinson) a wealthy autocratic writer (Finley Currie) and a French police inspector seem determined to foil Zurta in his quest for the diary. As the film reaches its climax will Zurta and Valya recover the diary and make their escape or will they be captured before they reach the Iron Curtain?
Tommy is a happy sailor travelling the world singing his favourite songs. But when he visits Spain he gets mistaken for a famous bullfighter!
Boxset of four classic films from the 1940s. 'Sleeping Car to Trieste' (1948) stars Jean Kent and Albert Lieven. Set on board the Orient Express the film follows the story of a man named Charles Poole (Alan Wheatley) who has stolen an important political diary and is being pursued by two different people who want it back. 'It's Not Cricket' (1949) stars Basil Radford as Major Bright and Naunton Wayne as Captain Early - detectives who have recently been thrown out of the army for their failure to capture a notoriously evil Nazi Otto Fisch (Maurice Denham). The detectives are invited to a weekend of cricket by their old friend Gerald Lawson (Nigel Buchanan) but what Gerald doesn't realise is that the ball he has purchased for the match contains the famous Rothstein diamond, stolen by Fisch, who will stop at nothing to get it back. 'All Over the Town' (1949) is a British comedy drama starring Norman Wooland as a Royal Air Force pilot who returns to work as a newspaper reporter. After fighting in the Second World War, Nat Hearn (Wooland) resumes his former position at the Tormouth Clarion and finds himself working with Sally Thorpe (Sarah Churchill), the woman who was given his job when he left. When Nat is promoted to editor of the paper, he decides to use his new status to make changes within the publication that will benefit the town but in the process he angers powerful figures within the community. 'Once a Jolly Swagman' (1949) is a British drama about speedway racer Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde). Factory worker Fox is bored of his daily life and decides to quit his job to become a motorbike racer. Success goes to his head as he leaves his wife (Sandra Dorne) for socialite Pat (Renee Asherson), but when tragedy strikes on the track he returns to his wife and joins a union to fight for riders' rights.
Just My Luck was an important step in the career of Norman Wisdom for several reasons. It's principally notable for the introduction of actor Edward Chapman, whom many would come to know as series regular Mr Grimsdale. Here he's the stuffy foil to Norman's romantic plans regarding his jewel-making job, where he'll do anything to possess some of the wealth about him. The chance comes in the form of an accumulator bet at Goodwood races thanks to a slimy Leslie Phillips. Another star cameo of note was a second appearance by Margaret Rutherford (after Trouble in Store) as an eccentric animal owner. But the real advance with the Wisdom formula was that--after a reasonably serious plot line--Norman finally gets the girl. On the DVD: This is a straight transfer from video. So although the mono sound and 4:3 ratio don't improve on anything previously available, at least it won't deteriorate further.--Paul Tonks
When childhood friends and army comrades Dave Robinson (Bill Rowbotham) and Ted Peters (Richard Attenborough) return home from WWII they make very different choices for their new civvy lives. Ted gets an honest job as a taxi driver and saves for his wedding to childhood sweetheart Joy (Sheila Sim). Dave however wants easy cash and soon becomes involved with a gang. When Dave runs into money troubles with the mob boss a henchman is sent to finish him off. Stumbling from his gun wounds he seeks shelter in the back of Ted’s empty taxi and collapses lifeless. Suspicions fly as Scotland Yard investigate the murder. The police suspect Dave’s underworld connections. The mob suspects that Ted knows their guilt. And Ted himself suspects who the real killer might be… Set in London this riveting crime drama has its roots firmly in the American gangster films of the 1930s – a must watch for genre lovers.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Norman Wisdom's immense popularity stems from his hilarious portrayal of the little guy who always seems to win out in the end. The cloth capped bumbler is one of the great creations of British comedy. It is the second world war and Norman Pitkin (Norman Wisdom) is proud of his role in the war effort he is a road mender for the council until he is recruited into the pioneer corps. From the beginning, the worst fears of the commander are confirmed. But trying to turn Norman Pitkin into a soldier is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hall. ...The Square Peg ( The Square Peg - Norman Wisdom )
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