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A Kid for Two Farthings

  • Film
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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.
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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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