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Half a Sixpence
     

Half a Sixpence

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Director: George Sidney, Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard

Cast: George Sidney, Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard

 

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Tommy Steele stars in this screen adaptation of his international stage success, which gets an uncluttered release on DVD. Half a Sixpence has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital Surround;

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Tommy Steele stars in this screen adaptation of his international stage success, which gets an uncluttered release on DVD. Half a Sixpence has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital Surround; the dialogue is in English, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options or bonus materials.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Like many other musical films produced in the wake of The Sound of Music's overwhelming success, Half a Sixpence was a resounding commercial failure. Even on Broadway, the material had been received very coolly; what had made the production work was its star and Onna White's exhausting choreography. The film version keeps star Tommy Steele, but replaces White with Gillian Lynne, whose work is fine, but nothing special. The story is exceptionally slight and overly predictable, and the weak dialogue doesn't help. The score is pleasant but not strong enough to overcome problems with the script, which places a tremendous burden on Steele and director George Sidney. Steele is consistent throughout, but Sidney's work varies wildly from sequence to sequence, and sometimes from frame to frame; there's an uncertainty in the cinematographic look of the film, with a helter-skelter use of soft focuses and gimmicks (altered-pace motion, etc.). However, several segments work very well, especially the Regatta, which is extremely well edited, and the subsequent dinner scene, which makes a clichéd situation seem somewhat fresh. Steele is good, although he doesn't have the commanding presence onscreen that one assumes he had live; his performance is a little too stagebound and a little too calculated. As Ann, Julia Foster is charming and very appealing, and Grover Dale's too-few dance moments are worth seeing. Sets and costumes are excellent, although they sometimes are diminished by inappropriate lighting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0097360672145
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English Dolby Surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Steele Arthur Kipps
Julia Foster Ann
Cyril Ritchard Harry Chitterlow
Grover Dale Pearce
Penelope Horner Helen Walsingham
Elaine Taylor Kate
Hilton Edwards Shalford
Julia Sutton Flo
Leslie Meadows Buggins
Pamela Brown Mrs. Washington
James Villiers Hubert Walsingham
Jean Anderson Lady Betting
Allan Cuthbertson Wilkins
Aleta Morrison Laura
James Bolam Actor
Jeffrey Chandler Young Kipps
Sheila Falconer Victoria,Kate
John MacDonald Actor
Humphrey Kent Actor
Frank Crawshaw Actor
Sonny Farrar Actor
Jane Kells Actor
Donald Barclay Actor
Bridget Armstrong The Maid
Pat Ashton Pub Character
Sydney Bromley Pub Character
Gerald Campion Fat Boy
Golda Casimir Pub Character
Pamela Cundell Pub Character
Ray Davies Dancer
Roy Evans Pub Character
Sally Gilpin Dancer
Helen Goss Dowager
Reginald Hearne Policeman
Alastair Hunter The Postman
Caryl Little Dancer
Harry Locke Weight Guesser
Norman Mitchell Master of Ceremonies
George Moon Pub Character
Bartlett Mullins Carshott
Julian Orchard Photographer
Albin Pahernik Dancer
Iris Sadler Pub Character
Christopher Sandford Sid
Queenie Watts Pub Character

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director,Producer
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Beverley Cross Screenwriter
John Dark Producer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
David Heneker Score Composer,Songwriter
Bill Lewthwaite Editor
Gillian Lynne Choreography
Peter Murton Art Director
Frank Santillo Editor
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A New Sixpence [5:56]
2. Efficiency, System, Economy [6:21]
3. A Day at Shalford's Emporium [4:49]
4. Lover's Tokens [9:22]
5. Enter Harry Chitterlow [:30]
6. All That Money Can Buy [8:16]
7. Woodworking Class [8:42]
8. Bathing Tent Bickering [:33]
9. Off to See the World [4:04]
10. Afternoon Tea [6:47]
11. Any Day but Sunday [:05]
12. The Race Is On [6:39]
13. Unexpected Engagement [:56]
14. Lady Bolting's Country Place [10:21]
15. Wedding Day Pictures [11:07]
16. Dream House [8:15]
17. A World of Financial Ruin [1:54]
18. The Only Thing That Matters [4:36]
19. End Credits [1:26]

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Half a Sixpence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not too many people I know are aware of this little jewel of a musical, though it also played London and Broadway, and got this lavish film treatment.....The plot is like MY FAIR LADY with a sex change....Cockney Tommy Steele comes into a fortune, and learns that love and friendship are things that money can't buy. It has fun, nice music and some wonderful dancing by famed Brit choreographer Gillian Lyn "who i believe did CATS".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago