“It’s a unicorn!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Ashmore is charming as sweet Joe:
… though we don’t actually get to know him too well, given that his own needs and wishes are overshadowed by the dominant subplot between Robinson (who aspires obsessively towards body-building fame):
… and Dors, who oh-so-desperately wants to get a ring put on it:
These two are indeed gorgeous specimens, but unfortunately not all that bright or interesting. Meanwhile, Carnera’s oafish “Python” is a hiss-worthy but purely one-dimensional villain (below he’s trying to strangle Joe’s “unicorn”):
The most magical scenes are those simply showing the hustle and bustle of Joe’s child’s-eye view of the world:
… as his harried mother (Johnson) struggles to keep up with solo parenting and work:
… and Kossoff tries to bargain his way into purchasing his competitor’s old pressing machine:
The wrestling scenes are pure filler — though I suppose they fit with the film’s overall theme of showing everyday, working-class life and entertainment.
Fans of Carol Reed will want to check this one out simply to see the variety and creativity of his output, but it’s not must-see viewing for all film fanatics.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: