“The portals of society are open nowadays to anyone who has the means to make himself worthy of it.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
When a string of wild circumstances initiated by a drunken actor (Arthur Riscoe):
… lead Kipps into unexpected money, he’s swept into the fold of the very people he once idolized — including the owner of a “self-improvement” college (Max Adrian):
… and Wynyard’s barrister brother (Michael Wilding).
Kipps’ story transpires in a rather predictable way from there: he misses his old chums, and finds he’s much more comfortable with his childhood sweetheart than with snooty Wynyard (who knew social class mattered so much?). Some tension arises around what decision Kipps will make between the two women, and there’s an additional narrative twist near the end — but this is otherwise a fairly straightforward tale of class aspirations and conflicts that will be of most interest to fans of the novel or Carol Reed.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: