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Lucky Jim (1958)





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Lucky Jim is based on the same-named satirical novel by Kingsley Amis. The hero, Jim Dixon (Ian Carmichael), is a well-intentioned junior history professor in an unnamed British university. Hoping to impress the new chancellor, Jim succeeds only in bollixing up everything he touches. When he's not stuck in the middle of a slapstick car chase, Jim is trying to think up an excuse for that slightly inebriated blonde with whom he is innocently sharing a boudoir. Blunder piles upon blunder, until it looks as though Jim's chances at survival in the university are slim to none. But Fortune smiles upon fools and Kingsley Amis heroes, thus there's a happy ending. Lucky Jim delivers the laughs in full measure, though it's hardly the best of the Boulting Brothers productions of the 1950s.


Ian Carmichael
as Jim Dixon
as Bertrand Welch
Hugh Griffith
as Professor Welch
Sharon Acker
as Christine Callaghan
Jean Anderson
as Mrs. Welch
Maureen Connell
as Margaret Peel
Clive Morton
as Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart
Reginald Beckwith
as University Porter
Kenneth Griffith
as Cyril Johns
Jeremy Hawk
as Bill Atkinson
John Welsh
as The Principal
Charles Lamb
as Contractor
Henry Longhurst
as Prof. Hutchinson
John Cairney
as Roberts
Penny Morrell
as Miss Wilson
Ronald Cardew
as Registrar
Harry Fowler
as Taxi Driver
Ian Wilson
as Glee Singer
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Too often, though, potentially comic scenes are spoilt by faulty timing, a determination to hammer home the joke and play for an easy laugh.

February 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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