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Lucky Jim (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 17 September 1957 (UK)
Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get ... See full summary »

Director:

John Boulting

Writers:

Kingsley Amis (novel), Patrick Campbell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Welsh ... The Principal (as John Welch)
Ronald Cardew Ronald Cardew ... Registrar
Hugh Griffith ... Professor Welch
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Cyril Johns
Ian Carmichael ... Jim Dixon
Jeremy Hawk ... Bill Atkinson
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ... Miss Wilson
John Cairney ... Roberts
Maureen Connell ... Margaret Peel
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... University Porter
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Welch
Ian Wilson ... Glee Singer
Sharon Acker ... Christine Callaghan
Terry-Thomas ... Bertrand Welch
Clive Morton ... Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart
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Storyline

Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get entangled with unexciting but neurotic Margaret Peel, a friend of the Professor's. All-in-all, the pub is the only friendly place to be. His misery is completed at a dreadful weekend gathering of the Welch clan by the arrival of son Bertrand. Not so much that Betrand is loud-mouthed and boorish - which he is - but that he has as companion Christine Callaghan, the sort of marvellous and unattainable woman Jim can only dream about. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

A Rollicking Lampoon of University (High) Life!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O tyherakias See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The road outside the hotel (in the scene after taking coffee) shows lines of trolley buses on both sides of Broad Street in Reading: in 1957 they were the backbone of public transport in the town. The Boulting brothers attended Reading School, which was then and still is a grammar school originally founded by Reading Abbey in about 1125. See more »

Goofs

On the scooter, in close-up, Professor Welch (Hugh Griffith) has his right hand holding his hat, but in an actual shot of the scooter going through a ford, his arm is by his side. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A Redbrick University in Britain's new Elizabethan age: here are moulded the intellectual Drakes and Raleighs of tomorrow - fearless, independent - and state supported See more »

Connections

Version of Stastný Jim (1969) See more »

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Lucky Jim
and the voice of Al Fernhead singing
by Fred V. Bowers and Charles Horwitz
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Hilarious satire, notably sharp-edged for its time
20 November 2005 | by davidvickery0698See all my reviews

This is an outstanding movie whose meticulously-crafted set pieces frequently had me in stitches. Superbly cast, Ian Carmichael, Hugh Griffiths and Terry-Thomas were in exceptional form, and the luminous beauty of Sharon Acker lights up the film. If you don't find this funny, charming and uplifting, all I can say is that I feel sorry for you!

The pompous, stiff and class-deferential era of the 1950s is marvellously evoked in this movie. Always the sign of a classic, even the minor characters - Mrs Welch, the taxi driver, the waiter and the university porter, for instance - all hold their own and come across as real people. The appalling persona of Bertrand Welch (Terry-Thomas) with his self-obsessed sense of his own importance is excellently drawn. One to see and quite possibly one to keep.


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