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Up in the World (1956)

A friendly window cleaner works at an English country estate where he saves the owner's son from kidnappers.

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Jack Davies (screenplay), Henry Blyth (screenplay) (as Henry E. Blyth) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Maureen Swanson ... Jeannie Andrews
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Maj. Willoughby
Michael Caridia Michael Caridia ... Sir Reginald
Colin Gordon ... Fletcher Hethrington
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Lady Banderville
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Maurice
Jill Dixon ... Sylvia
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Conjuror
Hy Hazell ... Yvonne
William Lucas ... Mick Bellman
Lionel Jeffries ... Wilson
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Harper
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Prison Warder
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Max
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Storyline

Norman is a window cleaner who has to clean a manor house with hundreds of windows. He is distracted by the son of the house who persuades him to go into town. When some villains try and kidnap the young heir Norman fights them off but the heir has banged his head and can't remember Norman's heroic stand. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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They walk down the aisle ... you'll roll in it !

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1956 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta perra vida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

There is an obvious stunt double at the top of the ladder in the long shots during the prison scenes. The double is much taller than Wisdom's 5'2" height. See more »

Quotes

Norman: No, no, no, no. Beat it up. Whisk it. Give it the old in the groove stuff. Hip dop day - hip dop a dippa-day hey whoa. Go on. Go on, hit it! C'mon everybody, frenzify yourselves! Hee hee! Go on, then; brilliant. Hey! Whose is this lot?
Maurice: Those
[drums]
Maurice: are my nephew's.
Norman: A-dee dee dee come on then keep goin' on a rhythm one two three it's a rock and roll, rock and roll! Wang wang, that's it, hee hee, run and run, hoo hoo; nearly fell over there! Dippety-doo! Come on snake hips, have a go! Hoo hoo. ...
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Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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Traditional
[Played on the piano by Maurice]
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Hardly "The Brains" of Anything
2 September 2019 | by ygwerin1See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Norman Wisdom but not I have to say of his singing, though to be fair his voice is reasonable. The problem I have is that I don't like musicals, or films that have music injected into them.

Norman Wisdom became very popular in Britain and many of his films, insisted on featuring his singing as well as his comedic talents. As far as I am concerned if that was the case, that could have been easily accommodated. By simply having Norman Wisdom sing the songs over the films credits, at the beginning and end of the film. Leaving the entire film to be free from musical numbers, and simply being a comic film. Which is why I've marked this film down, from the usual high rating that I'd normally give one of his films.

I heartily recommend this film to anyone with a funny bone that needs tickling, you don't have to even know who Norman Wisdom is to laugh your socks off. This is a riotous madcap adventure where Norman's character has to contend not only with a precocious spoilt brat Sir Reginald (Michael Caridia) but also have to work under his Nemesis Major Willoughby (Jerry Desmond).


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