A Clean Sweep (1958)

  |  Short, Comedy

Vera Watson struggles to keep her family of gamblers and spendthrifts on the straight and narrow.


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5 October 2019 | boblipton
| Looks Like The First Of A Series That Never Was
When Eric Barker takes a pound from the Rainy Day tin to lay a bet, wife Thora Hird has him promise never to bet again. Later, she finds out he has won the office football pool and throws him out of the bedroom. Little does she know that has has split an Irish Sweepstake ticket with neighbor Wallas Eaton.... and they've drawn a horse!

It's little more than a two-set play, and a mighty strange thing to come out of Hammer Studios in 1958. I suspect it was originally proposed as a pilot for middle-class 'Bringing Up Father' sort of TV show. The day of short comedy subjects was gone; this was, after all, less than a year before Jules White directed the last Three Stooges short, using an old script and at the same budget as in 1934.

It has all the earmarks of an intended series, with dishy Vera Day as the couple's tight-skirted daughter and Ian Whittaker as the improvident son. With Quota Quickie specialist Maclean Rogers directing, it was a natural. With the state of the movie and TV industries, however, nothing came of it beyond this.

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