I'm All Right Jack


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 2990


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Peter Sellers as Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway
Richard Attenborough as Sidney De Vere Cox
Dennis Price as Bertram Tracepurcel
Margaret Rutherford as Aunt Dolly
806.28 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 3 / 7

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Reviewed by jc-osms 8 / 10

Part of the Union

Hers a terrific, very British topical comedy on the subject of industrial relations between the management and the burgeoning trade union movement of the time. The catalyst for the action is posh young aristocrat Stanley Windrush, played by Iain Carmichael, who can't settle into the normal "captain of industry" jobs lined up for him by his well connected family. In the end he settles for a shop-floor job at his uncle's missiles factory, little suspecting the part he will play in proceedings which will eventually lead him to inadvertently trigger a national strike paralysing the country's manufacturing industry and even seeing himself invited onto a national "Question Time" type TV programme cast as the ordinary average decent bloke just trying to keep his head down and get his work done.

The satire is razor sharp and the better for not taking sides. On the one hand we have Windrush's uncle and his dubious fat cat friend, spivvily played by Richard Attenborough with a ridiculous con-man moustache to boot, orchestrating matters, or so they think, relying on bolshie shop steward Peter Sellers and his apparently bone idle, one-speed workforce to come out on strike to facilitate their plan to skim a fortune in transfer contract fees while the workforce itself comes across as heart lazy, self-interested and completely hung up on their own arcane, counter-productive trade union rules.

With an all-star British cast of familiar faces on show like Sellers, Carmichael, Attenborough plus Terry Thomas, Liz Fraser, John Le Mesurier and Irene Handl this potent material is in good hands and the comedy flows thick and fast before arriving at its most odd conclusion, reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh's "A Handful Of Dust" in its surreal abstraction with a disillusioned Windrush reluctantly joining in of all things a naturist camp. I watched in near disbelief the sight of retreating naked female behinds over the end titles!

Elsewhere the comedy is less broad but still very much to the point as management and union play out their cat and mouse games in complicit disharmony. I loved the topicality of the times too, such as when Windrush's new "fan club" of young girls screams for him, his name Stan emblazoned over last month's hero Elvis.

One suspects that events are only slightly exaggerated from real-life which only helps the comedy resonate all the more. This film is better than all right Jack, in my view.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 7 / 10

No assembly line factory comedy this one.

The old regime of English industrialism dies off as a war ends, and the new regime begins. But one must learn the business from the ground up, so what better way than to pose as a factory worker? The nephew of the head of the company goes on staff as a line worker, doubles output due to his speed, and creates disorder by simply being more efficient than the cocky vet's on the staff. Management panics as a strike is declared, and chaos ensues.

The executives, advertising department, personnel management, warehouse supervisors and regular staff each get their skewering, and who better to act out all these parts than Britain's great comic stock company, which includes Ian Carmichael, Terry- Thomas, Peter Sellers, Dennis Price and Richard Attenborough, as well as a cameo by the ever popular Margaret Rutherford. As the deliciously "Dumb Dora" type, Liz Fraser steals each scene with a double dose of very noticeable attributes, simply adding a pout or a moderately funny line to pop out the viewer's eyes or gain a chuckle.

While this is more a commentary on the business side of the British class system, it has certain aspects that American audiences can appreciate as well. At times, the men seem to all be speaking as if having just whiffed helium, and certain eccentricities will provide a different type of amusement for us Yanks than it would for traditional British audiences. Sellers is absolutely unrecognizable here. I easily noticed him in the opening sequence in the first of the two characters he played over his second role.

Reviewed by chaswe-28402 10 / 10


Script, direction, players: impossible to improve upon. Reminiscent of Swift or Pope: "God and Nature bade self-love and social be the same." Cornfields and ballet, in other words. Immortal and unforgettable lines, as is the delicate question put by the spindle-polisher: "Is them your own teeth ?" The vivid terms trip off the tongue. Garadene swine. Jeropardizing wilfully. Absolute shower (filthy beast). Not properly developed ? Quite a job. Commercial intercourse. Demarcation. Do you think you're Diana Dors ? One of those horrid unions, like the Soviet Union. Revelant. No point in working for nothing. 'Ere, shut the bleeding door ! Export or die: missiles for peace in the Middle East. We have the bird by the bush in the hand. Dismissal for incompetence is totally unacceptable victimization. Up at Balliol summer school you get very good toast and marmalade.

Every scene a work of dramatic art. Wonderful cameo of the benefits of Frisko. Especially great is the deft handling by Terry-Thomas, that dynamic bundle, of the Works Committee. Handl and Rutherford in perfect harmonious understanding. In the end you just feel sorry for poor old Fred Kite. He'll never have a better part to play. A masterpiece: the British converse of "On the Waterfront".

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