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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy
File:"Jumping For Joy" (1956).jpg
Original campaign book
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Produced by Raymond Stross
Written by Henry Blyth
Jack Davies
Starring Frankie Howerd
Stanley Holloway
Joan Hickson
Lionel Jeffries
Music by Larry Adler
Cinematography Jack E. Cox
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Distributed by The Rank Organisation
Release dates
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Jumping for Joy is a 1956 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Frankie Howerd, Stanley Holloway, Joan Hickson and Lionel Jeffries.

Plot summary

A man buys a greyhound and enters it in a major race, but discovers the dog has one paw in the grave. As our hero nurses the pooch back to health, he also gets mixed up with criminals who want to fix the race by doping dogs.[1][2]


Critical reception

Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 describes the film as a "totally predictable star comedy which needs livening up"[3] and the Time Out Film Guide 2009 describes the film as "lame".[4] While TV Guide called the film a "Sporadically funny comedy".[5]

Musical score

The New York Times noted, "the delightful harmonica score in Jumping for Joy is provided by American expatriate Larry Adler".[6]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | JUMPING FOR JOY (1956)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Jumping-for-Joy - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  3. ^ John Walker (ed.) Halliwell's Film and Video Guide, London: HarperCollins, 1999, p.443
  4. ^ John Pym (ed.) Time Out Film Guide 2009, LOndon: Ebury: 2008, p.552
  5. ^ "Jumping For Joy Review". Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Jumping-for-Joy - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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