DirectorCarol Reed Music directorBenjamin Frankel Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date15 August 1955 WriterWolf Mankowitz (book), Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay) CastCelia Johnson (Joanna), Diana Dors (Sonia), David Kossoff (Avrom Kandinsky), Joe Robinson (Sam Heppner), Jonathan Ashmore (Joe), Brenda De Banzie (Lady Ruby) Similar moviesInside Out, Delicacy, Nico the Unicorn, Black Moon
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A Kid For Two Farthings is a 1955 film, directed by Carol Reed. The screenplay was adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from his own novel of the same name. The film presumably gets its name from an Aramaic song traditionally sung after the Passover Seder, Chad Gadya ("A Lone Kid"), in which a kid bought for two small coins, "zuzim" in the original, stands in for the Children of Israel.
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In the busy wholesale-retail world of London's East End everyone, it seems, has unattainable dreams. Then a small boy - Joe - buys a unicorn, in fact a sickly little goat, with just one twisted horn in the middle of its forehead. This, he has been led to believe by a local tailor, Kandinsky, will bring everyone good fortune.
The film has a haunting last image, of Kandinsky carrying the tiny body of the "unicorn" to the graveyard, whilst passing in the opposite direction is a Torah-reading Rabbi pushing a horn gramophone, a character that appears in the background several times during the film.
Celia Johnson as Joanna
Diana Dors as Sonia
David Kossoff as Mr. Kandinsky
Joe Robinson as Sam
Jonathan Ashmore as Joe
Brenda De Banzie as 'Lady' Ruby
Primo Carnera as Python Macklin
Lou Jacobi as Blackie Isaacs
Irene Handl as Mrs. Abramowitz
Danny Green as Bason
Sydney Tafler as Madam Rita
Sid James as Ice Berg
Daphne Anderson as Dora
Harry Baird as Jamaica
Joseph Tomelty as Vagrant
Harold Berens as Oliver
A Kid for Two Farthings was nominated for a Golden Palm at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.
Critically, this was one of Carol Reed's least successful films.
The film was the 9th most popular movie at the British box office in 1955, after The Dam Busters, White Christmas, Doctor at Sea, The Colditz Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Above Us the Waves, One Good Turn, and Raising a Riot.