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 the hospital.
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.
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.
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