One Good Turn. Image shows from L to R: Norman (Norman Wisdom), Iris (Joan Rice). Copyright: ITV.

One Good Turn (1955)

1955 British comedy film about an accident-prone caretaker. Stars Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair, Thora Hird, Russell Enoch and others.

One Good Turn. Norman Wisdom. Copyright: ITV.

One Good Turn

Classic comedy starring Norman Wisdom as a hapless caretaker who finds his good intentions leading to disaster

Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair, Thora Hird, Russell Enoch, Joan Ingram, Richard Caldicot, David Hurst and others
Maurice Cowan, John Paddy Carstairs, Ted Willis and Dorothy Whipple
John Paddy Carstairs
Maurice Cowan

Orphanage handyman Norman is, as a former resident himself, very much one of the family at the home.

Enjoying a particularly strong bond with the children, he accompanies them to Brighton to see the sea, but manages to lose his trousers on the train journey south. Trying to find somewhere to be less conspicuous only half-dressed, he stumbles across a London-to-Brighton walking race - and manages to win first prize!

The trophy he's awarded looks likely to come in handy when one particular boy, Jimmy, is let down by an aunt. To cheer him up Norman promises to buy him any toy he wants - but the electric ride-in model car he's got his eye on would normally be well out of Norman's price range, even at £12.

As Norman sets about trying to find the money, news comes through that the home is to be sold and demolished to make way for a large new factory. The children will be sent into private foster care under the plans, but neither they nor the staff are going to accept their fate without a fight!

Production Details

UK certificate
95 minutes
Release date
January 1955

General Film Distributors

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 14th June 2021 at 3:00pm on TPTV

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