Two a Penny
Two a Penny is a 1967 British film, released nationally in 1968, featuring singer Cliff Richard. The film was directed by James F. Collier and produced by Frank R. Jacobson for Billy Graham's film distribution and production company World Wide Pictures. The original story and screenplay was written by Stella Linden.
|Two a Penny|
|Directed by||James F. Collier|
|Produced by||Frank R. Jacobson|
|Written by||Stella Linden (original story and screenplay)|
|Music by||Mike Leander|
|Edited by||Ann Chegwidden|
|Distributed by||World Wide Pictures|
The cast included Ann Holloway, Dora Bryan, Avril Angers, Geoffrey Bayldon, Peter Barkworth, Mona Washbourne, Earl Cameron, Charles Lloyd-Pack, and Billy Graham himself, filmed at his "London Crusade" in 1967.
Jamie Hopkins (Cliff Richard) is an art student and frustrated pop star who lives with his mother (Dora Bryan). She works as a receptionist for Dr. Berman (Donald Bisset), a psychiatrist who is experimenting with psychedelic drugs. Jamie wants to make money quickly, and begins to work at the doctor's office as a pretence in order to steal drugs.
When his girlfriend Carol (Ann Holloway) is converted to Christianity while attending a crusade led by evangelist Billy Graham, she attempts to show him the error of his ways. Soon after, Jamie is caught stealing from Dr. Berman's drug supply, and attempting to double-cross drug dealer Alec Fitch (Geoffrey Bayldon).
Initially hostile toward his girlfriend's newfound faith, Jamie eventually accepts it.
- Cliff Richard - Jamie Hopkins
- Dora Bryan - Ruby Hopkins
- Ann Holloway - Carol Turner
- Avril Angers - Mrs. Burry
- Geoffrey Bayldon - Alec Fitch
- Peter Barkworth - Vicar
- Donald Bisset - Dr. Berman
- Edward Evans - Jenkins
- Mona Washbourne - Mrs. Duckett
- Tina Packer - Gladys
- Earl Cameron - Verger
- Noel Davis - Dennis Lancaster
- Nigel Goodwin - Hubert
- Charles Lloyd-Pack - Reverend Allison
- Billy Graham - Himself
The "Billy Graham movies" were an effort to "extend the Billy Graham ministry into a filmic medium." Their standards of success were therefore not the usual Hollywood standards. This film followed one of several formulas, developing a small cult following due to several notable factors, as Peter T. Chattaway writes:
Two a Penny stars Cliff Richard, who I do admire, as well as a number of actors I fondly recognize from other British films (including To Sir with Love and The Family Way); because it is the only film so far in which dramatic action takes place on the actual platform from which Billy Graham speaks at the London crusade (in contrast to all the other films, where footage of Graham’s sermons is spliced into an otherwise unrelated dramatic story, and the closest the characters ever get to the stage is milling about with the other converts after they come forward); because it is the first film in which the title song represents a character’s troubled inner thoughts and not the message of the film; because it ends on an ambiguous note in which the protagonist’s salvation is still kind of up in the air; and for other, smaller reasons besides. Alas, the version on the WWP website is only 65 minutes or so, but I understand a 97-minute version is available on DVD in Britain... Still, even in its bowdlerized form, the film’s merits do come through.
|Two a Penny|
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|Recorded||Jun-Oct 1967, May 1968|
|Studio||EMI Abbey Road|
|Label||Columbia Columbia SCX 6262|
|Cliff Richard chronology|
|Singles from Two a Penny|
- Two A Penny (2:44)
- "I'll Love You Forever Today" (3:08)
- "Questions" (2:53)
- "Long Is The Night" (instrumental) (2:32)
- "Lonely Girl" (3:09)
- "And Me (I'm On The Outside Now)" (3:02)
- "Daybreak" (instrumental) (2:20)
- "Two A Penny". BillyGraham.org. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- Chattaway, Peter. "Billy Graham movies - the 50s and 60s". Patheos.com. Retrieved 25 June 2005.
- "Tuesday 17th December 1968 : Cliff Richard talks about his new movie, Two A Penny". TVpopdiaries.co.uk. TV Pop Diaries : Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- "Two a Penny". ChristianCinema.com. Christian Cinema. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- Chattaway, Peter. "Billy Graham, Filmmaker". ChristianityToday.com. Christianity Today. Retrieved 23 August 2005.
- Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 78, 79–80, 84, 170. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8.
- Cliff Richard (1968). Sincerely (LP).
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