The Common Touch

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Another of Baxter's sweet-tempered, homely fables proposing a socialist utopia of fairness and freedom from hardship. 'And why not?' says Bransby Williams straight to camera in the last shot of the film. Young company boss Hibbert, with a public school chum for company, takes up lodgings incognito at Charlie's Doss House, to learn how the other half live. The result is less The Road to Wigan Pier than The Street of a Thousand Stereotypes, with Baxter's showbiz instincts as well to the fore as his political ones. Greta Gynt's costumes for her cabaret turns provide the most startling element in the picture. Overall, as hard not to like as it is not to patronise.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Baxter
Screenwriter: Barbara K Emary, Geoffrey Orme
Cast: Geoffrey Hibbert
Harry Welchman
Greta Gynt
Joyce Howard
Edward Rigby
Bransby Williams
Bernard Miles

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3.8 / 5

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Peter Pitt

This has always been one of my favourite films. I know it's sentimental, but it makes you feel good.