60 years of I’m All Right Jack

2019 marks 60 years of I'm All Right Jack
60 years ago today, the British comedy “I’m All Right Jack” opened at the Leicester Square Theatre. The much-loved classic film has endured and continues to be enjoyed to this day.
Cinema listing 60 years ago for I'm All Right Jack

A satirical look at trade unions and businessmen, in which neither side comes out well, the industrial relations comedy was well received by cinemagoers, making it one of the most successful films at the box office in 1959, and by critics, winning the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay.

A sequel of sorts, the film sees the return of characters from the 1956 film “Private’s Progress”, including Ian Carmichael as Stanley Windrush, Dennis Price as Bertram Tracepurcel, Richard Attenborough as Sydney DeVere Cox, and Terry-Thomas as Major Hitchcock.

They were joined by familiar faces from British comedy including Sid James, Margaret Rutherford, Irene Handl, and Liz Fraser who was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer BAFTA award for her first main film role as Cynthia Kite in “I’m All Right Jack”.

Initially unwilling, the legendary British filmmakers John & Roy Boulting had to persuade Peter Sellers to play the supercilious shop steward in the satirical comedy, a role which would see Sellers win the BAFTA for Best British Actor.

“I’m All Right Jack” was a huge hit, so much so that Prime Minister Harold Macmillan apparently requested a copy to show to President Eisenhower on his visit to Great Britain in 1959.

Filmed at Shepperton Studios and on location across Middlesex, including Southall and Brentford, today marks the 60th anniversary of the film’s cinema release.

2019 marks 60 years of I'm All Right Jack

Happy birthday to “I’m All Right Jack” which turns 60 today!

 

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