Jumping For Joy. Willie Joy (Frankie Howerd). Copyright: Rank Organisation
Jumping For Joy

Jumping For Joy

  • 1956 film

A new greyhound owner finds himself caught up between a doping gang and a crooked bookie. Stars Frankie Howerd, Stanley Holloway, A.E. Matthews, Tony Wright, Alfie Bass and more.

Jumping For Joy. Image shows from L to R: 'Captain' Jack Montague (Stanley Holloway), Willie Joy (Frankie Howerd). Copyright: Rank Organisation

Key details

Frankie Howerd, Stanley Holloway, A.E. Matthews, Tony Wright, Alfie Bass, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries, Susan Beaumont and more
Jack Davies and Henry Blyth
John Paddy Carstairs
Raymond Stross and Earl St. John

It's a dog's life for Willie Joy, litter-picker at a major London greyhound track.

When he's fired from his job at the stadium after falling onto the hare during a race, he takes pity on a fellow victim of the cut-and-thrust of the sport; an injured greyhound named Lindy Lou, who would otherwise be destroyed by her bookie owner.

Falling in with small-time con-man 'Captain' Jack, the pair decide to nurse Lindy Lou back to health, train her up and re-enter her into the races themselves - a prestigious annual trophy race, the Golden Bowl, is coming up and the men have their eyes set on the prize.

Looking to make a little cash by selling "certain" tips, they head back to the track and are spotted by a spiv leading a race-fixing gang, who dupes Willie into making a number of big-winning bets for him. It's not long before the authorities have their eyes on Joy himself, and finding himself caught between crooked bookies, heavies, the officious track management and the increasingly criminal gang, Willie, Jack and Lindy Lou have more than a few other dogs to beat!

Additional details

UK certificate
88 minutes
UK release
January 1956

The Rank Organisation

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 31st May 2022 at 6:00am on TPTV
  • Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 7:45am on TPTV
  • Friday 13th August 2021 at 6:00am on TPTV

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios
  • White City Dog Track

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