Cinema: Half a Sixpence

An hour and a half into Half a Sixpence, a horrifying word flashes on the screen: Intermission. Can it be that the spectator, already stupefied by an aimless plot, nameless characters and fameless songs, still has another hour or so to go? He does indeed. And what comes after the popcorn break turns out to be more of the same.

In Edwardian England, an orphan named Kipps (Tommy Steele) finds a little girl on his waif length (Julia Foster). Before their friendship can mature, he is sent to far away London as an apprentice to...