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Helter Skelter (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 7 August 1949 (UK)
A radio 'detective' gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccuping due to the machinations of a ghostly cupid who works his magic to cause mayhem and laughter throughout the film.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Gerard Bryant (additional dialogue), Patrick Campbell | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Susan Graham
David Tomlinson ... Nick Martin
Mervyn Johns ... Ernest Bennett
Peter Hammond ... Spencer Stone
Richard Hearne Richard Hearne ... Professor Pastry
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Major Basil Beagle
Geoffrey Sumner ... Humphrey Beagle
Jon Pertwee ... Headwaiter / Charles II
Zena Marshall ... Giselle
Terry-Thomas ... Himself
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Dr. Edwards
Colin Gordon ... Chadbeater Longwick
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Martin
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Ezekial
Robert Lamouret Robert Lamouret ... The 'Duck' Man
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Storyline

This is the ultimate screwball comedy, its weird, but endearing. An heiress who is being courted by two gentlemen develops incurable hiccups after watching a comedic dinner-theater performance. Through a series of events she meets the shy star of a radio detective show [David Tomlinson] who is attracted by the fact that she isn't a fan-girl; however his attempts at courting are cut short by his overprotective mother. A series of attempts to cure her condition including watching a silent film sketch ultimately result in a visit to a haunted house where further hijinks ensue.

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Hip-Hiccup-Hooray!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1949 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The long sequence of silent film they watch is from Would You Believe It! (1929), which features Walter Forde as the man with the suitcase. See more »

Quotes

Terry-Thomas: So sorry listeners for the delay but I've just discovered a slight technical hitch...
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Features Would You Believe It! (1929) See more »

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Without a Shadow of a Doubt
Written by Ord Hamilton
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The worst film I have ever seen
10 February 2011 | by Laurence_the_parrotSee all my reviews

I saw this film many many years ago on television with my parents. As a child I used to watch Richard Hearne as Mr Pastry in his comedy shows on television and quite liked those.

So I was intrigued by this film when it was shown to see what it would be like. The omens were quite promising, it was written by Patrick Campbell who I knew from the many times he was a captain on Call My Bluff (the other captain was Frank Muir and it was hosted by Robert Robertson). It was directed by Ralph Thomas who directed many popular British films of the 50s and 60s (Campbell's Kingdom and some of the Doctor films), It starred David Tomlinson (best known for the father in Mary Poppins).

I think the film was supposed to be a comedy, about the efforts made to try and stop a girl from hiccupping.

I and my parents found the film to be completely unfunny and we did not even manage a smile at any time. It was so bad that I have never forgotten this film and have no hesitation in saying that, of the many thousands of films I have seen, this stands out as the worst film of all.

I see that a DVD of this film is due to be released in April in the UK. I will not be buying a copy.


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