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Chance of a Lifetime | 1950 | Basil Radford, Niall MacGinnis,

Bernard Miles’s blue-collar satire shows what happens when the workers at a plough factory, protesting at their low wages and appalling conditions, are given the opportunity to run the place themselves. Which all sounds like a dream come true (as typified by the title), until they begin to realize the pitfalls of management. It’s a brave film, whose blend of comedy and drama doesn’t always work, yet somehow its earnestness and effort to make a serious point about business hierarchy give it an edge that many homegrown efforts lack.

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Basil Radford as Dickinson
Niall MacGinnis as Baxter
Bernard Miles as Stevens
Julien Mitchell as Morris
Kenneth More as Adam
Geoffrey Keen as Bolger
Patrick Troughton as Kettle
Hattie Jacques as Alice
Eric Pohlmann as Xenobian
John Harvey as Bland
Josephine Wilson as Miss Cooper
Russell Waters as Palmer
Peter Jones as Xenobian
Bernard Rebel as Xenobian
Amy Veness as Lady Davis
Stanley Van Beers as Calvert
Norman Pierce as Franklin
Gordon McLeod as Garrett
Compton MacKenzie as Sir Robert Dysart
Nigel Fitzgerald as Pennington
Alastair Hunter as Groves
Mollie Palmer as Millie
George Street as 1st Trade Union Man
Stanley Rose as 2nd Trade Union Man
Erik Chitty as Silas Pike
Leonard Sharp as Mitch
John Boddington as Bank Clerk
Hilda Fenemore as Worker
Helen Harvey as Worker
Peggy Ann Clifford as Worker
Sam Kydd as Worker
Jim Watts as Worker
Henry Bryce as Worker
Basil Cunard as Worker
Tony Halfpenny as Worker
Howell Davies as Worker
Donald Tandy as Worker
Noel Dyson as Tea Lady

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Director: Bernard Miles

UK | 89 minutes | 1950

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