I'm All Right Jack
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After a decade on radio, Peter Sellers set out on the road to international stardom in 1959's I'm All Right Jack. Sellers played both Sir John Kennaway and, unforgettably, the trade union leader Fred Kite (he had taken multiple roles in The Mouse That Roared and would do so again in Dr. Strangelove). The result is laugh-out-loud comedy with a satiric edge, lampooning the then-burning issue of industrial relations. Bertram Tracepurcel (Dennis Price) plans to make a fortune from a missile contract, a scheme that involves manipulating his innocent nephew Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) into acting as the catalyst in an escalating labor dispute, from which the socialist Mr. Kite is only too keen to make capital. Management and labor both have their self-serving hypocrisy dissected in this ingenious comedy, which is actually a sequel to the military comedy Private's Progress (1956), but stands independent of the earlier film. Both films were made by the brothers John and Roy Boulting, directors and producers of such British classics as Brighton Rock (1947), Seven Days to Noon (1950), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), and Heavens Above (1963). The superb cast of I'm All Right Jack also features Richard Attenborough, John Le Mesurier, Margaret Rutherford, and Terry-Thomas. --Gary S. Dalkin
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- Ian Carmichael as the upper class twit, Stanley Windrush, looking for a career in industry in the post war industrial landscape. His scenes in the candy factory, makers of Num Yum, and the detergent manafacturer, makers of Detto and Frisco, "Detto is aimed at the young housewife", are hysterical.
- Peter Sellers as the shop steward with a recognisable moustache and his dreams of going to Russia to visit the cornfields and attend ballet in the evening.
- Irene Handle as his wife - "Seems to me the only time you ever do any work is when you are on strike" she says to Sellers before she too goes out on strike and returns to Aunt Edie.
- Liz Fraser as their buxom daughter - "Are them you own teeth?" to Stanley as they kiss in a bubble car beside a rubbish dump.
- Terry Thomas as the sleazy manager of the munitions factory where the trouble starts and who is appalled by the contents of the suggestion box, but pockets them for further reference - "Did a bit of time and motion myself last night - red head, rather athletic".
- Margaret Rutherford as Stanley's aristocratic Aunt Dolly, completely condescending to the working classes - "He won't have to join one of those horrible unions? I do so hate violence", says she to Uncle Bertie, Denis Price, the owner of the munitions factory and instigator of the bribery and corruption around which the plot revolves.
These are just a sample of the wonderful characters you will meet and laugh at and with. The DVD includes the original trailer and there is a biographical essay on Sellers but that's it for extras. The DVD print is excellent but a commentary about the players or the film would have been welcome because there must be a great story behind the Boulting Brothers who wrote, produced and directed the film.
Watch Carmichael's Windrush go naively (like Alice) down the rabbit hole of industry; watch a very young Peter Sellers (before he started reading his own reviews) in his award winning role of the shop steward. This is light comedy - with a twist of the knife... It still strikes home, because it's all what brought on the "Out Sourcing" of our time. Ouch!!
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Sellers got much acclaim for this, his first film role, and is indeed very fine in it, though not as outright hilarious as in Heavens Above or Strangelove.Read more