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Half a Sixpence (1967)

Not Rated | | Musical | 22 December 1967 (UK)
Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Beverley Cross (book), Beverley Cross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Steele ... Arthur Kipps
Julia Foster ... Ann
Cyril Ritchard ... Harry Chitterlow
Penelope Horner ... Helen
Elaine Taylor ... Victoria
Grover Dale Grover Dale ... Pearce
Hilton Edwards ... Shalford
Julia Sutton ... Flo
Leslie Meadows Leslie Meadows ... Buggins
Sheila Falconer Sheila Falconer ... Kate
Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Walsingham
James Villiers ... Hubert
Christopher Sandford ... Sid
Jean Anderson ... Lady Botting
Allan Cuthbertson ... Wilkins
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Arthur Kipps, an orphan apprenticed to a tyrannical owner of a mercantile, has a sudden abrupt change of life when his wealthy grandfather dies and leaves him a pile of money. Written by Suzanne Houghton <tpk@infonaut.com>

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Musical

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Trivia

Last cinema film of Helen Goss. See more »

Goofs

In the song, "Money to Burn", where Kipps (Tommy Steele) is playing the banjo, it's obvious that he's simply playing along to an audio track. But the sound begins several times before he does the strumming to make it happen. This should have been watched/caught in the editing process. See more »

Quotes

[Kipps opens the shop doors, to find Harry standing outside]
Arthur Kipps: Stay away from me. You've got me in enough trouble as it is!
Harry Chitterlow: Time and tide wait for no man, lend me your ears! I've just come from your solicitor.
Arthur Kipps: And?
Harry Chitterlow: And your late grandfather...
Arthur Kipps: I didn't know I had one!
Harry Chitterlow: You had a mother?
Arthur Kipps: Margaret Euphenia!
Harry Chitterlow: Well, she had a father, your grandfather, and on his deathbed, he decided to recognise his illegimate grandson.
Arthur Kipps: Me?
[...]
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Connections

Version of The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Money to Burn
Written by David Heneker
Performed by Tommy Steele, Cyril Ritchard, Penelope Horner, and Chorus
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Lively Tuneful Big Budget Musical
19 April 2004 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

"Half a Sixpence" was a product of the age of big budget musicals that began with the success of "The Sound of Music" and died when such clunkers as "Mame" and "Man of La Mancha" appeared. As such, the film both benefited and suffered. The benefits were a generous budget that is apparent on screen in the period costumes and sets, the lush photography of the English countryside, and the large cast. Just renting all the antique cars as background for one short scene must have cost a fortune. However, the film also suffered as it was lost in the glut of these big budget musicals, which were often mediocre, and its star, Tommy Steele, did not have the name or the charisma to carry it alone as the cast is largely unknown. The film also suffered from the obligatory over-length and intermission, which were required at the time in order to justify reserved seat engagements for these "event" films. The movie has been seldom seen, at least in the U.S., which is unfortunate because "Half a Sixpence" is a lively family film with a tuneful score, energetic choreography, and an engaging cast. Also, director George Sidney is a veteran of MGM musicals, and he knows how to stage a number. True, the story of how boorish, snotty, and unhappy the rich are, while the poor are fun loving, generous, and content with their lot, has been done to death (see "Titanic"). However, the film's assets lie where a musical's assets should be: in the songs, the dancing, and the performers. On those counts, the film is a winner.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

6 monedas por tus sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Aylesford, Kent, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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