- Actors: Celia Johnson, Jonathan Ashmore, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Brenda De Banzie
- Directors: Carol Reed
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Orbit Media
- DVD Release Date: 5 Feb. 2007
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000KP7N6Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
A Kid For Two Farthings  [DVD]
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Carol Reed's whimsical 1950s comedy-drama. In a working-class London community of small shops, open-air vendors and flea-marketers, Joe (Jonathan Ashmore), a small boy, lives with his mother, Joanne (Celia Johnson), who works in and rooms above the Kandinsky tailor shop. Joe is innocently and earnestly determined to help realise the wishes of his poor, hard-working neighbours. Hearing from Mr Kandinsky (David Kossoff) the tale that a captured unicorn will grant any wish, Joe uses his accumulated pocket change to buy a kid with an emerging horn, believing it to be a unicorn. But can his dreams ever come true?
Top Customer Reviews
The screen-play, though very touching, is offset with much humour. Sid James, Alfie Bass and Irene Handle add zest in that respect.
The boy is a failed pet-owner; Kandinsky's back yard is littered with pet-graves. Joe acquires a runt kid with only one horn, thinking it must be a unicorn; which, as we all know, can grant wishes. So Joe bestows wishes with abandon upon all his friends. His child's optimism proves true (ah! the power of make-believe!) and leads to the happy ending the story deserves.
Climactic action is provided by a wrestling match - a grudge fight between Joe's friend (Joe Robinson aka "Mr Universe") and a bully of a professional wrestler. Diana Dors, in her delectable prime, simmers and shimmers as Joe Robinson's love interest - and the catalyst for the grudge!
Naturally, the "unicorn" suffers the same fate as all of Joe's previous pets, but not before doing its stuff for Joe.
This beautiful little film, typical of Carol Reed, is more than a cameo of Petticoat Lane as it was. It has hidden depths that surface with subsequent viewing. The recurrence of the dome of St. Paul's throughout the film is nicely rounded off in the final scene, as Mr Kandisky, sinking slowly into the West, offers his last wise pearl - "Unicorns can't grow up in Fashion Street, but boys have to".....
Now, as an old man, I find it to be a wonderful, gentle, bittersweet comedy and I am not ashamed to say that my eyes were moist at the closing scene. David Kossof and the studio make - up artists gave the world the most convincing Avrom Kandinsky that we could wish to see - and listen to.He is the tailor/trousermaker Philosopher who holds the story together.
The story is one of hope and aspiration and the desire to improve one's lot in spite of life's setbacks; and a little miracle is nice too.
See this film, watch a little piece of history, the people you see are the same as our contemporaries but better dressed! Only the scenery is different. You will also learn just how valuable is a unicorn's horn, especially to a little boy who believes in it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delighted to find a DVD of one of my favorite movies from the past; didn't read the description correctly so actually got the Spanish language version, but was reassured that there... Read morePublished 7 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my number one favorite among the older British films. The fact that it was directed by Carol Reed is a big point in its favor but, in analyzing what makes this picture so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by STARGAZER
Interesting little DVD and great to see Celia Johnson playing working class. This was an enjoyable weird film which seems to cross over several genres. Worth the investmentPublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by A. Lee
I remember seeing this film in my 20's and was moved to tears, not only because of the running story of the trusting, naive little boy and his unicorn (a little one horned kid) but... Read morePublished on 6 May 2011 by Cat W