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A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1950 (USA)
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and various other urban distractions.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Clifford Evans (based on the original screen story by), Richard Hughes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Houston ... Dai
Meredith Edwards ... Twm
Moira Lister ... Jo
Alec Guinness ... Whimple
Hugh Griffith ... Huw
Clive Morton ... Editor
Julie Milton Julie Milton ... Bronwen
Peter Edwards Peter Edwards ... Davies Manager
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Pargiter
Leslie Perrins ... Burney
Dorothy Bramhall Dorothy Bramhall ... Jane
Andrew Leigh Andrew Leigh ... The Pawnbroker
Edward Rigby ... Beefeater
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Station Announcer
Mackenzie Ward ... The Photographer
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Storyline

Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be. Written by J. Hooven <dhooven@sprintmail.com>

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Taglines:

A Spree with a harp and a harpy.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Bolhoeden naar Londen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While popular in England where it was a box-office success and nominated for a BAFTA award, this movie did not sit well with Welsh audiences, who considered it too stereotypical. See more »

Goofs

(Around 20 minutes) a man is singing in the street but in the long shot his mouth isn't moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Whimple: How much I prefer vegetables to human beings.
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Connections

Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cwm Rhondda
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Written by John Ceiriog Hughes
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Well made but I had a hard time really caring about the film or the characters in it.
26 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the harder reviews I've ever done. In the past, I have loved the Ealing Studios films I have seen. I also love the time I have spent in Wales--it's a charming and wonderful land. So I really expected to love A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY. Oddly, however, I liked it only mildly, though I wasn't totally sure why. So, instead of writing my review right away like I usually do, I decided to think about it for a while...mull it over in my head.

Now that some time has passed, I think the biggest reason I didn't love the film was that my expectations are just too high. Having seen films like PASSPORT TO PIMLICO and THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (among many others), I expected the same magic. This really isn't 100% fair--as the Ealing people can't be expected to reprise the same level of success in every film. Another reason, and this one I think they could help, was that in many ways you never really get to know the characters that well. Too often, they are running about or having adventures and I felt that I wanted more. Finally, the whole idea of a country person going to the big city and having problems with the fast-paced city dwellers has been done many times before and the idea wasn't 100% original.

Still, there is a lot to like. Just from a historical standpoint, this is a glimpse at Welsh life that simply doesn't exist any more, now that their economy is no longer based on coal and slate mining. Also, while not necessarily a great film, it is very pleasant and worth watching. So, provided you don't set your expectations too high, then it's a very good film.


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