Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy is a 1956 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Frankie Howerd, Stanley Holloway, Joan Hickson and Lionel Jeffries.

Jumping for Joy
Original campaign book
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byRaymond Stross
Written byHenry Blyth
Jack Davies
StarringFrankie Howerd
Stanley Holloway
Joan Hickson
Lionel Jeffries
Music byLarry Adler
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Distributed byThe Rank Organisation
Release date
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A man buys a greyhound and enters it in a major race, but discovers the dog has one paw in the grave. As our hero nurses the pooch back to health, he also gets mixed up with criminals who want to fix the race by doping dogs.[1][2] The greyhound in the film called Lindy Lou was actually a racing greyhound called Moyshna Queen from Wandsworth Stadium.[3]


Critical reception

Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 describes the film as a "totally predictable star comedy which needs livening up"[4] and the Time Out Film Guide 2009 describes the film as "lame".[5] While TV Guide called the film a "Sporadically funny comedy".[6]

Musical score

The New York Times noted, "the delightful harmonica score in Jumping for Joy is provided by American expatriate Larry Adler".[7]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | JUMPING FOR JOY (1956)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. "Jumping-for-Joy - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  4. John Walker (ed.) Halliwell's Film and Video Guide, London: HarperCollins, 1999, p.443
  5. John Pym (ed.) Time Out Film Guide 2009, LOndon: Ebury: 2008, p.552
  6. "Jumping For Joy Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  7. "Jumping-for-Joy - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
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