Bernard Miles's blue-collar satire shows what happens when the workers at a plough factory, protesting at their low wages and appalling conditions, are given the opportunity to run the place themselves. Which all sounds like a dream come true (as typified by the title), until they begin to realize the pitfalls of management. It's a brave film, whose blend of comedy and drama doesn't always work, yet somehow its earnestness and effort to make a serious point about business hierarchy give it an edge that many homegrown efforts lack.
cast Basil Radford as Dickinson Niall MacGinnis as Baxter Bernard Miles as Stevens Julien Mitchell as Morris Kenneth More as Adam Geoffrey Keen as Bolger Patrick Troughton as Kettle Hattie Jacques as Alice Eric Pohlmann as Xenobian John Harvey as Bland Josephine Wilson as Miss Cooper Russell Waters as Palmer Peter Jones as Xenobian Bernard Rebel as Xenobian Amy Veness as Lady Davis Stanley Van Beers as Calvert Norman Pierce as Franklin Gordon McLeod as Garrett Compton MacKenzie as Sir Robert Dysart Nigel Fitzgerald as Pennington Alastair Hunter as Groves Mollie Palmer as Millie George Street as 1st Trade Union Man Stanley Rose as 2nd Trade Union Man Erik Chitty as Silas Pike Leonard Sharp as Mitch John Boddington as Bank Clerk Hilda Fenemore as Worker Helen Harvey as Worker Peggy Ann Clifford as Worker Sam Kydd as Worker Jim Watts as Worker Henry Bryce as Worker Basil Cunard as Worker Tony Halfpenny as Worker Howell Davies as Worker Donald Tandy as Worker Noel Dyson as Tea Lady
Director: Bernard Miles
UK | 89 minutes | 1950