A Kid For Two Farthings

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A Kid For Two Farthings Review


What's a farthing? Well in old Britain, it was a quarter of a penny. Not a hell of a lot.

What's a kid? Well in this case, it's a baby goat with a misshapen horn... and our little hero Joe (Jonathan Ashmore, in his sole film role) thinks that kid's a unicorn. Or as he screeches endlessly, "A you-neeeee-corn!!!!"

Emphasis on the corn... as Joe scrapes up the two farthings (the movie is set in a London ghetto) and buys the goat, then starts wishing for countless things, a few of which seem to come true thanks to the youneeeeecorn's powers. He wants to go on a trip to the park. His mom takes him on a trip to the dentist. Well, half-true, he figures. In the end, he wishes for the local honey Sonia to get an engagement ring and for her boyfriend to beat Primo Carnera in a wrestling match. Did I mention there's a magic goat in this movie?

Folks, it doesn't get much weirder than this, and one has to wonder if David Lynch tried making a family film if it wouldn't come out a bit like this one. It's mostly harmless and very encouraging of fantasy in youth. That Ashmore though is quite the shrieker. If you don't already have kids -- er, children -- his constant yelling isn't going to make you want to run off for fertility treatments. And if you do have kids, rest assured they'll be bored silly by the movie.



A Kid For Two Farthings

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Monday 15th August 1955

Distributed by: Criterion Collection

Production compaines: London Film Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Joanna, as Sonia, as Avrom Kandinsky, as Sam Heppner, as Joe, as Lady Ruby, as Python Macklin, as Blackie Isaacs, as Ice Berg, as Mrs. Abramowitz, Sydney Tafler as Madam Rita, as Bully Bason

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