Half a Sixpence (1967)

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British musical star Tommy Steele had starred in Half a Sixpence in London and on Broadway, thus he was first choice for this garish film version. Based on the H.G. Wells story Kipps (previously filmed in 1941 with Michael Redgrave), Half a Sixpence tells the tale of a humble London drapery clerk (Steele) who inherits a fortune. He briefly forgets his old mates and his faithful girl friend (Julia Foster), but soon discovers that High Society isn't his cup of tea. Filmed during the "monster musical" cycle fostered by The Sound of Music, Half a Sixpence isn't really suited for the spectacular approach dictated by co-producer Charles H. Schneer. Fortunately, the guiding directorial hand is the film's other producer: George Sidney, a veteran of MGM's Arthur Freed unit, who knew how to successfully weld music with story. Thanks to Sidney and star Steele, Half a Sixpence never gets too out of hand, though we'd argue with some of the eyestrain-inducing color choices in the bigger numbers. The film might have done better at the box office had the score yielded a few hit songs. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By: George Sidney II
Written By: Beverly Cross
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Tommy Steele
as Arthur Kipps
Cyril Ritchard
as Harry Chitterlow
Penelope Horner
as Helen Walsingham
Pamela Brown
as Mrs. Washington
James Villiers
as Hubert Walsingham
Jean Anderson
as Lady Betting
Jeffrey Chandler
as Young Kipps
Sheila Falconer
as Kate, Victoria
Pat Ashton
as Pub Character
Sydney Bromley
as Pub Character
Golda Casimir
as Pub Character
Pamela Cundell
as Pub Character
Ray Davies
as Dancer
Roy Evans
as Pub Character
Helen Goss
as Dowager
Reginald Hearne
as Policeman
Alastair Hunter
as The Postman
Harry Locke
as Weight Guesser
Norman Mitchell
as Master of Ceremonies
George Moon
as Pub Character
Julian Orchard
as Photographer
Iris Sadler
as Pub Character
Queenie Watts
as Pub Character
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Critic Reviews for Half a Sixpence

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Not a great score, but it does have stage original Tommy Steele, a plus.

April 20, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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August 14, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Half a Sixpence

½

Half a Sixpence is a memorable Musical, but not one of the greatest. Lots of well known songs and of course Tommy Steele is the main attraction. A simple rags to riches tale with a love triangle thrown into the mix

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville
½

Based on H.G. Well's book Kipps, it is the musical version coming from the Broadway and London stages. Tommy Steele reprises his stage role in the film and as usual lets his smile and presence make the film both enjoyable and fun. The story is not what you expect from a typical musical, but it is well done and has some great songs.

Tim Meyers
Tim Meyers

I watched it, and I was not as captured as certain people I know. It was a better ending, but I didn't like alot of stuff in it.

Rachel H
Rachel H

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