A Kid For Two Farthings

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Fantasy

An absolutely charming comedy-fantasy set against the Jewish tradesmen's life in London's Petticoat Lane. Based on the novel by Mankowitz, it's the story of a young boy, Joe (Ashmore), who has been told stories about a unicorn by tailor Kadinsky (Kossoff). When the boy buys a goat with only one horn, he is convinced that he has purchased a unicorn, because...read more

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An absolutely charming comedy-fantasy set against the Jewish tradesmen's life in London's Petticoat Lane. Based on the novel by Mankowitz, it's the story of a young boy, Joe (Ashmore), who has been told stories about a unicorn by tailor Kadinsky (Kossoff). When the boy buys a goat with only

one horn, he is convinced that he has purchased a unicorn, because "magical" things begin to happen to the denizens of the area.

Kadinsky has one great desire--to own his own steam press. Sonia (Dors) is a buxom blonde who has been waiting for many years to marry muscular Sam (Robinson). She gets her wish when he enters the ring and wins enough money for them to wed. Celia Johnson plays Joanne, Joe's mother, but she doesn't

have enough to do to merit her casting. Tafler, a terrific comic actor (MAKE MINE MINK), is again shown to good advantage as a storekeeper, and Canadian character actor Lou Jacobi makes one of his earliest appearances as a wrestling promoter. Naturally, all of the miracles are logically explained,

but, to the boy, it's the unicorn that has brought all the happiness to Petticoat Lane.

This is a delightful film, and Reed, working for the first time in color, shows how well he deals with children. He used this ability before in THE FALLEN IDOL and later with the musical version of OLIVER!.

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  • Review: An absolutely charming comedy-fantasy set against the Jewish tradesmen's life in London's Petticoat Lane. Based on the novel by Mankowitz, it's the story of a young boy, Joe (Ashmore), who has been told stories about a unicorn by tailor Kadinsky (Kossoff).… (more)

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