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Trouble in Store (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 January 1955 (USA)
Norman (Norman Wisdom) is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always?). He wants to be a window dresser making up the public ... See full summary »

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John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay), Maurice Cowan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Bacon
Moira Lister ... Peggy Drew
Derek Bond ... Gerald
Lana Morris ... Sally Wilson
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Augustus Freeman
Megs Jenkins ... Miss Gibson
Joan Sims ... Edna
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Bill
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Davis
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Miss Denby
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Wilbur
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Alf
Ronan O'Casey ... Eddie
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Norman (Norman Wisdom) is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always?). He wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. While trying to fulfill his ambition, he falls in love (doesn't he always?) with one of the shopgirls. Together they discover a plot to rob the store and, somehow, manage to foil the robbers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Trivia

Norman Wisdom was thirty-eight in his first major movie. See more »

Goofs

Miss Bacon glues three stickers to a suitcase, and walks away with four on it. See more »

Connections

Featured in Norman Wisdom: His Story (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't laugh at me 'cos I'm a fool
Words & Music, Norman Wisdom & June Tremayne
Performed by Norman Wisdom (uncredited)
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Gentle comedy from an age gone by
15 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When a major London department store is taken over by a new manager, Mr Freeman, stock boy Norman finds himself out of a job after a series of misunderstandings. He wins back his job in time to get embroiled in an internal robbery of the store.

This was the first of the Norman Wisdom/Rank comedies that became an annual money spinner from the 50's well into the 1960's. The plot is rarely important and here we have a mix of romance and robbery that supports the usual mix of accidents and misunderstandings. The romance and the robbery don't really work, the romance seems to happen far too quickly while the robbery is tacked on at the end.

Wisdom is as excellent as always - his uncoordinated, shy, eager, accident prone and misunderstood personality allows him to have a series of funny set pieces. It's an acquired taste, but if you like the short of slapstick humour then Wisdom will appeal to you. Wisdom regular Jerry Desmonde is good as the store manager and Margaret Rutherford (second in the cast list for a very small role) is funny as an upper-class shop lifter. The only weak link is Lister as Norman's love interest, she's a little light and her character changes depending on how the story is going.

Overall it's not a masterpiece but it's a good Norman Wisdom comedy. It won't appeal to everyone but it's a gentle family comedy from another age.


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Release Date:

12 January 1955 (USA) See more »

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