A Kid for Two Farthings

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Before he plunged headlong into 'international' film-making (never to be seen again), Carol Reed took this fanciful Wolf Mankowitz screenplay and tried to re-imagine Petticoat Lane in the poetic realist vein of Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert. A young boy (Ashmore) mistakes a one-horned goat for a miraculous unicorn, and eagerly anticipates good fortune for his friends about the neighbourhood. A whimsical film, it may have seemed horribly patronising in the '50s; but from today's perspective, an intriguing, even adventurous attempt to resurrect a national cinema that had clearly lost its legs.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carol Reed
Screenwriter: Wolf Mankowitz
Cast: Jonathan Ashmore
Celia Johnson
Diana Dors
David Kossoff
Sidney Tafler
Sidney James
Alfie Bass
Brenda de Banzie
Joe Robinson
Primo Carnera
Lou Jacobi
Irene Handl

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Bob Turner

Can anybody tell me who played the old man pushing a pram with an old record player on it who popped up in this film from time to time.