Isn't Life Wonderful!
Isn't Life Wonderful! is a 1953 British Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold French. It was released in the U.S. as Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop, the title of Brock Williams original 1948 novel based on his boyhood experiences. An Edwardian family must deal with its black sheep, the alcoholic Uncle Willie (Donald Wolfit).
|Isn't Life Wonderful!|
|Directed by||Harold French|
|Produced by||Warwick Ward|
|Screenplay by||Brock Williams|
|Based on||novel Uncle Willie and the Bicycle Shop by Brock Williams|
|Music by||Philip Green|
|Edited by||Edward B. Jarvis|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)|
|16 November 1953|
In Edwardian England, alcoholic Uncle Willie (Donald Wolfit) is an embarrassment to his family. Head of the household father (Cecil Parker), decides to set Willie up as the manager of a bicycle shop, hoping to impress visiting American heiress Virginia van Stuyden (Dianne Foster). The surprise for everyone comes when Uncle Willie's little shop begins to prosper.
- Cecil Parker as Father
- Eileen Herlie as Mother
- Donald Wolfit as Uncle Willie
- Peter Asher as Charles
- Eleanor Summerfield as Aunt Kate
- Dianne Foster as Virginia van Stuyden
- Robert Urquhart as Frank
- Russell Waters as Green
- Cecil Trouncer as Dr. Barsmith
- Philip Stainton as Dr. Mason
- Edwin Styles as Bamboula
- Arthur Young as Sir George Probus
- Fabia Drake as Lady Probus
TV Guide called it "A pleasant little charmer"; while Sky Cinema wrote, "Director Harold French skilfully milks its situations for all they are worth...No big stars in this film, which makes it an unexpected treat. Based on an equally entertaining novel Uncle Willie and the Bicycle Shop. Donald Wolfit stars as the alcoholic Uncle Willie, Cecil Parker suffers splendidly as Father."
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- "ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL - British Board of Film Classification". www.bbfc.co.uk.
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p502
- "Isn't Life Wonderful! (1953)".
- "Isn't Life Wonderful!". TVGuide.com.
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