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Just My Luck [DVD]

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  • Actors: Norman Wisdom, Margaret Rutherford, Jill Dixon, Leslie Phillips, Delphi Lawrence
  • Directors: John Paddy Carstairs
  • Writers: Alfred Shaughnessy, Peter Blackmore, Peter Cusick
  • Producers: Earl St. John, Hugh Stewart
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2001
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q57P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,290 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Determined to win the heart of his beautiful neighbour, Norman (Norman Wisdom) decides he wants to buy her a diamond necklace - but how can he possibly afford it? A solution offers itself when he goes to a bookmaker's, learns the intricacies of the accumulator bet, and sets out on a major winning streak. However, whenever Norman is involved things are never quite that simple, and soon enough our hapless hero finds himself in deep trouble, creating havoc at the local racetrack.

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Just My Luck was an important step in the career of Norman Wisdom for several reasons. It's principally notable for the introduction of actor Edward Chapman, whom many would come to know as series regular Mr Grimsdale. Here he's the stuffy foil to Norman's romantic plans regarding his jewel-making job, where he'll do anything to possess some of the wealth about him. The chance comes in the form of an accumulator bet at Goodwood races thanks to a slimy Leslie Phillips. Another star cameo of note was a second appearance by Margaret Rutherford (after Trouble in Store) as an eccentric animal owner. But the real advance with the Wisdom formula was that--after a reasonably serious plot line--Norman finally gets the girl.

On the DVD: This is a straight transfer from video. So although the mono sound and 4:3 ratio don't improve on anything previously available, at least it won't deteriorate further.--Paul Tonks

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In the need for our Hero to woo the girl he is need of some cash, and unable to obtain it from his pennypinching mother he takes a gamble on an Accumulator bet on the Horses. As each of his horses start to come in, this gives rise to some hilarious events, culminating in some classic british comedy right up until the finishing post.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e4797b0) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
HASH(0x9e4afccc) out of 5 stars Lucky Beggar! 13 Oct. 2015
By Griffin Garcon - Published on Amazon.com
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Sir Norman Wisdom is the shining star of the British Comedy of the last century. His sparkling humor, unique facial expressions and mastery, has always stood out from the crowd. No wonder sir Wisdom was a favorite of the actor Sir Charlie Chaplin. This Comedy looks easy and fun. The character of Norman in love with a girl who works in the shop opposite. He wants to make her an expensive gift in the form of jewelry. But here's the thing! He will never be able to accumulate the required amount. What can you do? Our hero is not discouraged, especially after he learns that it is possible to get rich playing the ponies. View all fans of Comedy!
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HASH(0x9e4d36f0) out of 5 stars The longest shot. 24 May 2013
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Just My Luck (John Paddy Carstairs, 1957)

I know I'm messing with timeframes here, but I enjoy doing that sort of thing. Think of Just My Luck as a British version of Let It Ride, the wonderful 1989 Richard Dreyfuss comedy, save that Norman Wisdom ain't no Richard Dreyfuss (and he doesn't have a straight man at all, let alone one as funny as David Johansen). But that aside, if you're a fan of Wisdom's particular brand of comedy, this one will do the trick for you as well as anything.

Plot: Wisdom, who passed away in 2010 at the age of ninety-five, plays Norman Hackett, a jewelry-store apprentice with a crush on a window dresser (Witchcraft's Jill Dixon) who works in the shop across the street, an overbearing mother (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' Marjorie Rhodes), who keeps trying to set him up with obnoxious girl-next-door Phoebe (Joan Sims from the Carry On franchise), and a boss (Murder!'s Edward Chapman) who could be her twin, but male. He's saving up to buy a pendant for the window dresser, when it's bought by Richard Lumb (Empire of the Sun's Leslie Phillips), a flush bookmaker, for his secretary Miss Daviot (Bunny Lake Is Missing's Delphi Lawrence). Norman is tasked to deliver the pendant, and when he gets there, gets to talking to Miss Daviot about her job; like most first-time punters, he's drawn to the idea of the accumulator (in America, if you're a horseplayer, think of it as a version of the Pick Six), where you start with one bet and let it ride. He ends up planning to throw a pound on an accumulator covering every horse star jockey Eddie Diamond rides for the last three days of the Goodwood meet. We then launch into about a twenty-minute extended skit of Norman trying to scare up a pound...

I gotta say, I have a hard time believing some of this stuff was funny even in 1957 ("I was hoping to buy it for someone." "Your girlfriend?" "Well, I haven't met her yet..."), but it has its moments, and the comedy is of the gentle kind, rather than the mean-spirited, which kicks it up a couple of notches in my book. Not something I would rush to watch again, but I don't regret having spent the time. ** ½
HASH(0x9e4bfdf8) out of 5 stars Cute, too much slap stick, too little Margaret Rutherford 29 Oct. 2014
By W. Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Cute movie. Too much slap stick. Too little Margaret Rutherford, essentially a cameo appearance toward the end.
HASH(0x9e4d3648) out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Aug. 2015
By roger arguello - Published on Amazon.com
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Such fun and the prop work, pratfalls and double takes, priceless!!
HASH(0x9e4d3738) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Mar. 2016
By Joe Pacheco - Published on Amazon.com
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Great movie very funny
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