Half a Sixpence (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Half a Sixpence (1967)




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British musical star Tommy Steele had starred in Half a Sixpence in London and on Broadway, thus he was first choice for this garish film version. Based on the H.G. Wells story Kipps (previously filmed in 1941 with Michael Redgrave), Half a Sixpence tells the tale of a humble London drapery clerk (Steele) who inherits a fortune. He briefly forgets his old mates and his faithful girl friend (Julia Foster), but soon discovers that High Society isn't his cup of tea. Filmed during the "monster musical" cycle fostered by The Sound of Music, Half a Sixpence isn't really suited for the spectacular approach dictated by co-producer Charles H. Schneer. Fortunately, the guiding directorial hand is the film's other producer: George Sidney, a veteran of MGM's Arthur Freed unit, who knew how to successfully weld music with story. Thanks to Sidney and star Steele, Half a Sixpence never gets too out of hand, though we'd argue with some of the eyestrain-inducing color choices in the bigger numbers. The film might have done better at the box office had the score yielded a few hit songs. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Tommy Steele
as Arthur Kipps
Cyril Ritchard
as Harry Chitterlow
Elaine Taylor
as Victoria
Pamela Brown
as Mrs. Washington
Jean Anderson
as Lady Betting
James Bolam
as Mr. Jones
Jeffrey Chandler
as Young Kipps
Humphrey Kent
as The Butler
Frank Crawshaw
as The Carter
Sonny Farrar
as Pub Character
Jane Kells
as Dancer
Pat Ashton
as Pub Character
Sydney Bromley
as Pub Character
Golda Casimir
as Pub Character
Pamela Cundell
as Pub Character
Roy Evans
as Pub Character
Helen Goss
as Dowager
Reginald Hearne
as Policeman
Alastair Hunter
as The Postman
Harry Locke
as Weight Guesser
Norman Mitchell
as Master of Ceremonies
George Moon
as Pub Character
Julian Orchard
as Photographer
Iris Sadler
as Pub Character
Queenie Watts
as Pub Character
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Critic Reviews for Half a Sixpence

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The songs themselves, trite, gay, and thoroughly meaningless, make absolutely no concession to anything that was happened in popular music the last 10 years.

May 21, 2005 | Full Review…

As beautifully smiling faces waver gently in and out of focus, the sound track drips honey and molasses and horehound drops. Oh love, oh life, ah happy fate, that we, who have split this sixpence in twain as mere youths, should meet again, etc.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Not a great score, but it does have stage original Tommy Steele, a plus.

April 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

In case you wondered why Tommy Steele never became a Hollywood star, look here.

November 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Half a Sixpence


Half a Sixpence is a memorable Musical, but not one of the greatest. Lots of well known songs and of course Tommy Steele is the main attraction. A simple rags to riches tale with a love triangle thrown into the mix

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