Wonderful Things!

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Wonderful Things!
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Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Jack Trevor Story
Produced by Anna Neagle
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited byBasil Warren
Music by Stanley Black
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Everest)
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
  • 10 June 1958 (1958-06-10)
(London) (UK)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Wonderful Things! is a 1958 British comedy romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Frankie Vaughan, Jocelyn Lane and Wilfrid Hyde-White. It was written by Jack Trevor Story. [1] Two fishermen brothers clash over the love of a woman.


The film marked the film debut of comedian Ronnie Barker, in an uncredited role as a waiter.


Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "Unsophisticated and ingenuous, this quaint production lacks the polish which Herbert Wilcox usually brings to his work; if it were not all so unassuming, there would be little left to like beyond Wilfred Hyde White's one good dialogue exchange near the end, the amusingly ironic finale, and the sleek voice and poise of Jean Dawnay. Frankie Vaughan holds the centre of the stage not so much as a singer (though he has a few songs in the unaffected style of the rest of the film) but as an actor. He is noticeably less professional in this respect than the rest of the cast." [2]

Sky Movies wrote, "If you can believe in Frankie Vaughan and Jeremy Spenser as Gibraltar fishermen, you'll enjoy this Anna Neagle-produced trifle about love and life, Latin-style. Fiery Jackie Lane eclipses model Jean Dawnay's screen debut." [3]

TV Guide called the film an "engaging romance." [4]

AllMovie wrote: "Wilfred Hyde-White offers the film's best performance as the debutante's dry-witted papa." [5]

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