A Kid for Two Farthings

Film

Time Out says

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.

Details

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