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The Green Man [DVD][1956]
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 July 2007
This is a marvellous black comedy that holds up to repeated viewings. Starring the great Alistair Sim but also featuring George Cole, Terry Thomas, Dora Bryan and a few other faces you will probably recognise. Sim plays Hawkins a clock-maker by trade but really a freelance assassin. Hawkins wants to kill, or is paid to kill, a pompous and boring man Sir Gregory Upshoot who is having a naughty weekend away at the Green Man.

Things go wrong right from the start. George Cole is a vacuum cleaner salesman who turns up unexpectedly resulting in series of brilliant scenes before the visit to the Green Man. You can tell when watching this that it was based on a play, but this doesn't detract from the clever script and high class performances. Perhaps best of all is the chess game that Hawkins plays with a local Policeman. As Hawkins, Alistair Sim is as always the master of telling you everything from a little contortion of his face, and the chess game scenes are the highlight for me.

Its also a chance to look back to a different age. There are a number of scenes (maybe shot in Surrey or somewhere like that) flmed outside a lovely detached house and the road is empty. Not a car to be seen, and when one does pull up it seems very odd, but in those days cars were comparitively rare.

This used to available as a double bill with School for Scoundrels (not the recent remake!). Now that was some double bill. However the film is worthy of an independent release. Buy now before it gets deleted again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2004
Enjoy this double bill of classic black and white English comedies. Two very different stories - great choice to put together on one DVD. Why don't they show pictures like these over Christmas any more instead of the regular trash?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2004
I am only 19 years old yet I think the Green man is the funniest movie I have ever seen compared with today modern trash. Alsiter Sim is a national treasure and a very young George cole is hilarious as he tries to sell a vacuum caleaner to people who are not interested. There are also cameos by Arthur Lowe and Arthur Brough who went on to star as Mr Granger in Are You Being Served.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Two classic British comedy films on one disc is not an opportunity to be missed!
Terry-Thomas is on superb form especially in the wonderful SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS, a film which has some of the greatest comedy acting ever seen from T-T.
Both films are excellent, but SFC is the gem here. One you can watch again and again - and still laugh out loud!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2003
"Oh, to be in England, now that April's here."
If I could be anyone I wanted to be, I would be Terry Thomas. Who cares that Ian Carmichael got the girl, Thomas' character in this film is a delight to watch.
There is no glitz, no glamour and no "SFX" in this beautifully constructed set piece of a film. The premise is simple, yet has enough momentum to carry it from start to finish with wit, charm and enough grace to make you feel good about every time you managed to look like a total burk in public.
Hollywood couldn't make 'em like this for any price.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Green Man and School For Scoundrels are two of Alaistair Sim's greatest comedy efforts.
In the Green Man we see Sim as an assassin who is chased across England (by a very young George Cole) while attempting to kill his next victim.
In the School for Scoundrels we get a lively comedy starring Ian Carmichael and Terry Thomas. Sim's plays the professor of the school for rougues (ie Stephen Potts) teaching Carmichael how to take revenge on his nemesis by "winning without actually cheating" and to win the girl of his dreams. Based on the Books by the real Stephen Potter (Gamesmanship and Lifemanship) there is a real story and a lot of fun.
"Hard Cheese" for anyone who misses the opportunity to watch this set.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2009
The Green Man is a delightful old-fashioned British comedy typical of the 1950's and includes several excellent comedy actors of the era.
Thoroughly enjoyable as one would expect from the great Alistair Sim and George Cole.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2001
If you like Alistair Sim, arguably Britain's finest comedy actor, you'll love this. The range of facial expression he uses to convey his anguish at the thwarting of his plans by circumstances beyond his control is simply superb. Ably assisted by George Cole (as in so many of his films) this film is a gentle comic reminder of a time gone by.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2007
This is a wonderful black comedy starring the incomparable Alastair Sim as a clockmaker, who is secretly one of the world's foremost assassins. He takes a pride in his work, is self-important, and not used to things going wrong. However, when George Cole comes on the scene as a bungling vacuum cleaner salesman, Sim's latest assassination plans begin to unravel. Lots of laughs in this film, which is also available as a double set with 'School for Scoundrels' (Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas and Alastair Sim).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
When Alastair Sim's assassin extraordinaire is hired to dispose of a British politician before his posting to the Middle East, he devises a plan to blow him up at The Green Man Inn. Unfortunately though, for criminal mastermind Sim, the politician's secretary catches onto his schemes and attempts to confront Sim about his plot, roughly about the same time as a vacuum salesman happens to be visiting. Needless to say, the ruthless Sim will do anything in his power to finish his job, even if it requires further skullduggery and murder...

Absolute first rate British comedy, packed with a superb cast and classic comedy set pieces.
Farcical murder and mayhem is the order of the day and it flows thick and fast, along with some expert physical comedy from the dastardly Sim (and others), and a few witty one liners thrown in for good measure.
Of course given the subject matter, one could describe this as a black comedy, but it always goes for laughs and by every stretch of the imagination is very light hearted.
It's a shame that the majority of more modern audiences will probably never see this, as it's lost none of it's ability to entertain or amuse over the years and in my opinion is a classic.
This has many funny moments and performances but the moment where Cole bangs his head and blurts out his line about 'the carpet wizard sent me', or words to that effect, made me laugh...a lot!

The print on review is the British optimum disc which is a nice enough print considering it's age. But typically no extras.
4.5/5
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