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Adventures of Arthur Kipps and his new-found wealth in Edwardian London's music halls.
Release Date: 6-APR-2004
Media Type: DVD
When orphaned shop clerk Arthur Kipps inherits a fortune, his future seems assured--but money doesn't buy happiness, as the gawky lad learns when he mixes with the swells. The splashy musical Half a Sixpence was adapted from H.G. Wells's novel, Kipps, and it saw considerable success as a stage vehicle for the exuberant Tommy Steele. The film version gets caught in that mid-1960s mode of the lumbering super-production (the kind that helped kill the movie musical). Lavishly mounted by old pro director George Sidney, and boasting some echt-sixties photography by the great Geoffrey Unsworth, Half a Sixpence offers its share of eye candy. The blowhard presence of Cyril Ritchard and the spectacular dancing of Grover Dale help. Then there's Tommy Steele, whose stage-scaled performance is all teeth and hair; he attacks the razzmatazz numbers with ferocity--maybe more ferocity than charm. Songs by David Heneker. --Robert HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
What a hit! A golden oldie that I hope wil never be forgotten.Published 6 months ago by Kay Giselle Hinkle
Saw this with Tommy Steele on Broadway, and it is still my all time favorite Broadway show. Film is true to the play.Published 7 months ago by Aliki
One of the last great musicals of the late 1960s. Tommy Steele and Julia Foster make this film work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KC
Fun movie! I watched this as a kid, and while watching it recently with my husband, had a whole new appreciation for its music and class and great costumes. So well done.Published 8 months ago by L.C.
Saw this as a child but couldn't remember it. Movie was O.K. Want watch again.Published 10 months ago by Thomas P. Fischer