A Stitch In Time (1963)

Laughs and sentiments mix as Norman Wisdom plays butcher’s assistant Norman Pitkin.

Norman and Mr Grimsdale (Edward Chapman) are partners in a butcher’s shop, which is held up by a thief. Mr Grimsdale hides his gold watch in his mouth but swallows it and is taken to hospital.

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While waiting at the hospital, Norman cheers up Lindy Walker (Lucy Appleby), a sad orphan. He promises to see her again, but complications ensue when he falls foul of the hospital’s director and is kicked off the premises.

He tries to get back in to see Lindy and declare his love for a pretty nurse, with hilarious consequences.

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This was Norman Wisdom’s final film in black and white and also his last big starring success at the box office, for he belonged to a more innocent age.

The script sticks closely to the winning Wisdom formula as he knots his cap in confused shyness.

Stalwart stooges Edward Chapman and Jerry Desmonde prove once more that straight men can often be much funnier than the comics.

Norman Pitkin
Norman Wisdom
Mr Grimsdale
Edward Chapman
Janet Haskell
Jeannette Sterke
Sir Hector Hardcastle
Jerry Desmonde
Lady Brinkley
Jill Melford
Corporal Welsh
Glyn Houston
Matron
Hazel Hughes
Amy
Patsy Rowlands
Captain Russell
Peter Jones
Professor Cranshaw
Ernest Clark
Lindy Walker
Lucy Appleby
Betty
Vera Day
Nuttall, St. John Ambulance
Frank Williams
Nurse Rudkin
Penny Morrell
Dr. Meadows
Patrick Cargill
Benson
Francis Matthews
Dale
John Blythe
Ticehurst
Danny Green
Robber
Johnny Briggs

Director
Robert Asher