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I'm All Right Jack (1959)

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

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John Boulting

Writers:

Alan Hackney (novel), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Stanley Windrush
Terry-Thomas ... Maj. Hitchcock
Peter Sellers ... Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway
Richard Attenborough ... Sidney De Vere Cox
Dennis Price ... Bertram Tracepurcel (as Denis Price)
Margaret Rutherford ... Aunt Dolly
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Kite
Liz Fraser ... Cynthia Kite
Miles Malleson ... Windrush Snr.
Marne Maitland ... Mr. Mohammed
John Le Mesurier ... Waters
Raymond Huntley ... Magistrate
Victor Maddern ... Knowles
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Dai
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Charlie
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Storyline

Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in their fight for power. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Après moi le déluge See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Stanley Windrush demonstrates his fork lift truck driving skills for Mr. Waters. He says: "Well, I'm shifting these generators from the stores to here, for loading up." On his second trip with a tower of four crates on the truck, they teeter as he speeds around the corner. The boxes are clearly empty. See more »

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[Stanley is sitting on his fork-lift truck]
Knowles: Come on, Squire. What's the trouble?
Stanley Windrush: Damn thing won't go.
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Stanley Windrush: Well if he saw the plug was out, why the devil didn't he put it in?
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Benchmark British satire
10 January 2006 | by milocSee all my reviews

Along with Alexander Mackendrick's "The Man in the White Suit," this is THE great satire of management-labor relations: less allegorical and more cheerfully crass. In a way this movie seems like a sort of crossroads in British comedy, poised between the warmer eccentricities of the Ealing films and and the screw-'em-all pop irreverence of the rising New Wave.

These days the film seems to be primarily remembered for Peter Sellers' magnificent caricature of socialist sanctimony, Fred Kite, but the whole gallery of players, many reprising roles from the earlier "Private's Progress," is excellent. Carmichael, all inane, wild-eyed grins, is Woosterish as ever as the brainless but well-intentioned Windrush. Terry-Thomas produces a very funny sketch of middle-class middle management. It's a perfect picture of lazy hypocrisy: the man who settles into a do-nothing job, knowing exactly how awful it is but not caring so long as he gets through the day. He had a face made for contempt; watching his mustache curl as he reads an entry in the workers' suggestion box ("Filthy beast," he mutters, as he tucks it away in a pocket) or as he picks his way through the rubbish of Kite's wifeless home is a joy. Price and Attenborough are, as always, first-class rotters, the iciest of the moneyed class, and Handl, Le Mesurier and Rutherford add vividly funny moments. As the war over Windrush expands from workplace to societal to domestic spheres, watching the various characters bounce and interact provides some of the movie's best-observed moments, such as the brief tea scene between Rutherford and Handl, who, though inhabiting utterly different worlds, seem to interact perfectly in mutual obliviousness.

And there is Sellers, of course, pitch-perfect whether marching around the factory like the lead float in a parade or rhapsodizing about Russia or going hilariously blank on live television. It's memorable work that might overbalance the movie's double-edged attack if it weren't human enough to be sympathetic as well.

All in all, silly, clever, raucous fun.


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