Up in the World

Up in the World is a 1956 comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Norman Wisdom, Maureen Swanson and Jerry Desmonde. It was produced by Rank.

Up in the World
Original British 1-sheet poster
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byEarl St. John
Hugh Stewart
Written byJack Davies
Henry Blyth
Peter Blackmore
StarringNorman Wisdom
Maureen Swanson
Jerry Desmonde
Music byPhilip Green
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited byJohn Shirley
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
Release date
6 December 1956 (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Norman gains a job as a window cleaner at a stately home where an obnoxious boy has an extremely over-protective mother.


Critical reception

  • The Radio Times wrote, "for his fourth starring vehicle, Norman Wisdom teamed up once more with director John Paddy Carstairs. However, this tacky comedy gave notice that the winning formula was already beginning to wear thin...The worst aspect of this maudlin mishmash is the fact that Wisdom gets to warble so often. No wonder he ends up in prison".[1]
  • TV Guide called the film a "routine British comedy".[2]


  1. "Up in the World | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. "Up In The World Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  • Harper, Sue; Vincent Porter (2007). British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. OUP Oxford. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-19-815935-3. Retrieved 3 June 2010. .... Trouble in Store, which unexpectedly became the second most popular film of 1954, led Rank to make six more films with [Wisdom] during the 1950s: One Good Turn (1954), Man of the Moment (1955), Up in the World (1956), ....
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