A 10-year-old orphan, Arthur Kipps, and his tiny friend Ann, are wandering beside a stream in the English countryside, when they find a shiny new sixpence.
They vow that the coin shall be the symbol of their undying affection.
Years later, Kipps is apprenticed to a draper in a nearby town. Before he leaves, he has the local blacksmith cut the sixpence in half, and presents one of the pieces to Ann.
Life is hard for Kipps until he hears that he has inherited a sizeable sum of money from his grandfather.
The money changes his lifestyle – and his relationship with Ann.
Until it runs out of steam towards the end, this enjoyable musical adaptation of H G Wells is a flash-bang-wallop of a film, all sweep and verve, with Steele and Miss Foster giving run-for-years performances in the leading roles.
The song and dance routines have the explosive build of a combined fireworks display.
Marti Webb provided the singing voice for Julia Foster’s character. Tommy Steele did his own.