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A Kid For Two Farthings (Dual Format Edition)


The adventures of a young boy who buys a small goat in the belief that it’s a unicorn that will be able to grant the wishes of him and his friends

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Carol Reed’s last film for the legendary Alexander Korda and his first in colour is the whimsical tale of a young boy, Joe, who buys a small goat in the belief that it’s a magical unicorn that will grant him and his friends’ wishes. Counter-balancing this is the equally childlike romance of Sonia (Diana Dors) and her body-building boyfriend Sam (Joe Robinson), and the latter's misguided involvement with crooked wrestling promoter Blackie Isaacs (Lou Jacobi).

A very rare example of an Anglo-Jewish film, it was partly shot on location in Petticoat Lane in London's East End, at the heart of what was still a thriving Jewish community.

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Sales Pitches: London Street Markets in Archive Film: archive films of Petticoat Lane and London Bridge market
  • London After the War: the post-war period is evoked in archive films celebrating the city and its people
  • On the Ropes: a strenuous selection of archive films about wrestling and boxing
  • All in a Day’s Work: actress Vera Day recalls A Kid for Two Farthings and her 1950s film career in a new interview
  • Interview with Joe Robinson (2006, 17 mins, audio only): the actor recalls A Kid for Two Farthings in this archive interview recorded live on stage at BFI Southbank
  • Image gallery
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by Matthew Coniam and Dr Josephine Botting. Also includes extensive notes on the included archive films by the BFI’s Vic Pratt and Ben Stoddart
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SKU 5035673013496
Catalogue Number BFIB1349
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1955
Director Carol Reed
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Colour Black & White
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 91 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U
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