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Just My Luck (1957)





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Norman Wisdom, Britain's much-funnier answer to Jerry Lewis, stars in Just My Luck. Wisdom plays a humble jewelry-store clerk who begins playing the horses, the better to raise enough money to buy a fancy gift for girlfriend Anne (Jill Dixon). Much to his surprise, Wisdom wins a fortune at the track: collecting the money, however, may not be as simple as he thinks. The funniest scene finds our hapless hero being trundled off to the hospital for a wholly unecessary operation; also good for laughs is a movie-house routine dominated by Carry On regular Joan Sims. Curiously, Just My Luck was bypassed by American distributors in favor of lesser Norman Wisdom vehicles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Norman Wisdom
as Norman Hackett (and his own father)
Leslie Phillips
as Hon. Richard Lumb
Delphi Lawrence
as Mrs. Daviot
Edward Chapman
as Mr. Stoneway
Marjorie Rhodes
as Mrs. Hackett
Joan Sims
as Phoebe
Peter Copley
as Gilbert Weaver
Michael Ward
as Granley
Felix Felton
as Man in Cinema
Sam Kydd
as Craftsman
Robin Bailey
as Steward
Eddie Leslie
as Gas Man
Ian Wilson
as 2nd Man in Hole
Vic Wise
as Eddie Diamond
Ballard Berkeley
as Starter at Goodwood
Stringer Davis
as Attendant
Eddie Dillon
as Teddy Boy
Joan Ingram
as Theater Sister
as Herself
John Warwick
as 1st Ambulance Man
Marianne Stone
as Tea Bar Attendant
Cyril Chamberlain
as Goodwood Official
Freda Bamford
as Mrs. Crossley
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Pleasant but unimportant film.

Full Review… | May 26, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

totally predictable and competently made feelgood fantasy flick for females under 30. If you want an escape and rest your brain, try your luck.

Full Review… | June 13, 2006
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Just My Luck (John Paddy Carstairs, 1957) I know I'm messing with timeframes here, but I enjoy doing that sort of thing. Think of Just My Luck as a British version of Let It Ride, the wonderful 1989 Richard Dreyfuss comedy, save that Norman Wisdom ain't no Richard Dreyfuss (and he doesn't have a straight man at all, let alone one as funny as David Johansen). But that aside, if you're a fan of Wisdom's particular brand of comedy, this one will do the trick for you as well as anything. Plot: Wisdom, who passed away in 2010 at the age of ninety-five, plays Norman Hackett, a jewelry-store apprentice with a crush on a window dresser (Witchcraft's Jill Dixon) who works in the shop across the street, an overbearing mother (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' Marjorie Rhodes), who keeps trying to set him up with obnoxious girl-next-door Phoebe (Joan Sims from the Carry On franchise), and a boss (Murder!'s Edward Chapman) who could be her twin, but male. He's saving up to buy a pendant for the window dresser, when it's bought by Richard Lumb (Empire of the Sun's Leslie Phillips), a flush bookmaker, for his secretary Miss Daviot (Bunny Lake Is Missing's Delphi Lawrence). Norman is tasked to deliver the pendant, and when he gets there, gets to talking to Miss Daviot about her job; like most first-time punters, he's drawn to the idea of the accumulator (in America, if you're a horseplayer, think of it as a version of the Pick Six), where you start with one bet and let it ride. He ends up planning to throw a pound on an accumulator covering every horse star jockey Eddie Diamond rides for the last three days of the Goodwood meet. We then launch into about a twenty-minute extended skit of Norman trying to scare up a pound... I gotta say, I have a hard time believing some of this stuff was funny even in 1957 ("I was hoping to buy it for someone." "Your girlfriend?" "Well, I haven't met her yet..."), but it has its moments, and the comedy is of the gentle kind, rather than the mean-spirited, which kicks it up a couple of notches in my book. Not something I would rush to watch again, but I don't regret having spent the time. ** 1/2

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