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FULL SYNOPSIS

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

Cast

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
Barbara Archer
Sam Kydd
Raymond Rollett
as Breakaway China Stallholder
James Lomas
as Sandwich Board Man
Arthur Skinner
Judith Nelmes
as Alf's Customer
Mollie Palmer
Charles Saynor
Bart Allison
as Auctioneer
Harry Baird
as Jamaica
Bruce Beeby
as Policeman
Harold Berens
as Oliver
Madge Brindley
as Mrs. Quinn
Harold Goodwin
as Chick man
Nora Gordon
as Customer
Lily Kann
as Mrs. Kramm
Arthur Lovegrove
as Postman
Eddie Malin
as Dog man
Norman Mitchell
as Stallholder
Marigold Russell
as 3rd Customer
Derek Sydney
as Fortune teller
Joseph Tomelty
as Vagrant
Harold Goodwin
as Chick man
Harry Baird
as Jamaica
Arthur Lovegrove
as Postman
Bart Allison
as Auctioneer
Norman Mitchell
as Stallholder
Eddie Malin
as Dog man
Derek Sydney
as Fortune teller
Raymond Rollett
as Breakaway China Stallholder
Nora Gordon
as Customer
Madge Brindley
as Mrs. Quinn
Judith Nelmes
as Alf's Customer
Marigold Russell
as 3rd Customer
James Lomas
as Sandwich Board Man
Lily Kann
as Mrs. Kramm
Harold Berens
as Oliver
Bruce Beeby
as Policeman

Crew

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