A Kid for Two Farthings

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In this sentimental comedy, Carol Reed tries for a bit of neo-realist whimsy that takes place in the London slums of Petticoat Lane. The film centers upon Joe (Jonathan Ashmore), a six-year-old London East-ender who believes strongly in the magical power of unicorns. Joe and his lonely mother Joanna (Celia Johnson) live with wily, philosophical tailor Kandinsky (David Kossoff), who convinces Joe that if he could only come upon the legendary unicorn, he could grant all the wishes of his poor neighbors. Taking Kandinsky at his word, Joe searches the slums for a unicorn. Then one morning, he finds one. Only thing is, it is not a unicorn but a baby goat with a growth sticking out of his forehead. Nevertheless, Joe is convinced that the goat is a unicorn. He gives an elderly homeless man all of his savings for the kid and triumphantly takes it home. Hoping to use the kid to grant all his friends' wishes, he hopes to grant the wishes of Kandinsky, who wants a steam-pressing table, and Sonia (Diana Dors), an attractive blonde who wants to marry Sam (Joe Robinson), a handsome wrestler. And finally, he wishes for his father to return home to his lonely mother. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Kid for Two Farthings

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Audience Reviews for A Kid for Two Farthings

  • May 15, 2009
    Lovely film about a boy with an overactive imagination who improves the lives of the people around him: spoiler it's not the unicorn who grants the wishes, it's the boy's influence. Beautiful stuff, just erratic. Not Carol Reed's finest, but a fascinating precursor to his masterpiece: Oliver!
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  • Aug 03, 2007
    an old fashioned heart warming film set in london about poverty, a unicorn and a wrestling match that could improve the fortune of the characters. celia johnson does a good job acting as a distressed wife waiting for her husband to return from south africa. even the child actor in this one, who plays her son keeps you watching by saying various innocent, imaginative thoughts out loud and doing childlike things as chasing animals around fervently. diana dors walks around and looks pretty, but the best acting in this comes from david kossoff whom plays kandinsky the old russian man who always has something to say about life and looks after the people around him with great warmth
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