Review: ‘A Stitch in Time’

This gains by economizing on plot, but devises a string of farcical events that put the pint-sized Norman Wisdom through the full pratfalling routine. The thin thread linking the scenes has Wisdom as a hapless butcher's assistant causing constant commotion in a hospital, where his employer is undergoing surgery for a swallowed watch. He gets banned from the place by the hospital boss, Sir Hector (Jerry Desmonde), and the remainder of the running time is taken up by his bizarre attempts to regain entry.

This gains by economizing on plot, but devises a string of farcical events that put the pint-sized Norman Wisdom through the full pratfalling routine. The thin thread linking the scenes has Wisdom as a hapless butcher’s assistant causing constant commotion in a hospital, where his employer is undergoing surgery for a swallowed watch. He gets banned from the place by the hospital boss, Sir Hector (Jerry Desmonde), and the remainder of the running time is taken up by his bizarre attempts to regain entry.

The sketches follow each other thick and fast, and leave no time to brood over their naivety. Jack Davies’s script is the sixth for the comedian, and he knows the strength and limitations of the star. For sophisticated palates, Wisdom is mechanical, and he plays up the sentiment of the ‘little man’ up against authority to cloying effect.

A Stitch in Time

UK

Production

Rank. Director Robert Asher; Producer Hugh Stewart; Screenplay Jack Davies; Camera Jack Asher; Editor Gerry Hambling; Music Philip Green

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Norman Wisdom Edward Chapman Jeanette Sterke Jerry Desmonde Jill Melford

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