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A Kid for Two Farthings Details


In this sentimental comedy, Carol Reed tries for a bit of neo-realist whimsy that takes place in the London slums of Petticoat Lane. The film centers upon Joe (Jonathan Ashmore), a six-year-old London East-ender who believes strongly in the magical power of unicorns. Joe and his lonely mother Joanna (Celia Johnson) live with wily, philosophical tailor Kandinsky (David Kossoff), who convinces Joe that if he could only come upon the legendary unicorn, he could grant all the wishes of his poor neighbors. Taking Kandinsky at his word, Joe searches the slums for a unicorn. Then one morning, he finds one. Only thing is, it is not a unicorn but a baby goat with a growth sticking out of his forehead. Nevertheless, Joe is convinced that the goat is a unicorn. He gives an elderly homeless man all of his savings for the kid and triumphantly takes it home. Hoping to use the kid to grant all his friends' wishes, he hopes to grant the wishes of Kandinsky, who wants a steam-pressing table, and Sonia (Diana Dors), an attractive blonde who wants to marry Sam (Joe Robinson), a handsome wrestler. And finally, he wishes for his father to return home to his lonely mother. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Celia Johnson
as Joanne
Diana Dors
as Sonia
David Kossoff
as Kandinsky
Brenda de Banzie
as "Lady" Ruby
Jonathan Ashmore
as Joe
Sydney Tafler
as Madame Rita
Primo Carnera
as Python Macklin
Lou Jacobi
as Blackie Isaacs
Vera Day
as Mimi
Sidney James
as Ice Berg
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Abramowitz
Alfie Bass
as Alf, the Bird Man
Eddie Byrne
as Sylvester, Photographer
Harold Goodwin
as Chick man
Bruce Beeby
as Policeman
Charles Saynor
Derek Sydney
as Fortune teller
Eddie Malin
as Dog man
Harold Berens
as Oliver
Harry Baird
as Jamaica
James Lomas
as Sandwich Board Man
Raymond Rollett
as Breakaway China Stallholder
Barbara Archer
Sam Kydd
Bart Allison
as Auctioneer
Joseph Tomelty
as Vagrant
Judith Nelmes
as Alf's Customer
Lily Kann
as Mrs. Kramm
Madge Brindley
as Mrs. Quinn
Marigold Russell
as 3rd Customer
Mollie Palmer
Arthur Lovegrove
as Postman
Nora Gordon
as Customer
Arthur Skinner
Norman Mitchell
as Stallholder


Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Edward Scaife
Benjamin Frankel
Composer (Music Score)
Bert Bates
Anna Duse
Costume Designer