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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh. You was at Dunkirk, weren't you Mr Grimsdale? I wonder what would have happened if you'd given up then.
The Early Bird is directed by Robert Asher and stars Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jerry Desmonde & Paddie O'Neil. Grimsdale's Dairy, an old fashioned company who still deliver milk by horse and cart, are under threat of closure by the modern conglomerate that is Consolidated Dairies. But milkman Norman Pitkin (Wisdom) will not take it lying down; chaos ensues...
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by Spike Owen

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD
I have always loved this film. I first saw it as a child in the 1970s and would watch it every time it was screened. None of the other films that Norman Wisdom made have been able to make me laugh or care. From the brilliant introduction based around the characters stumbling around half asleep, through the byplay between Norman and various other characters including Mr...
Published on 1 May 2011 by Mr. S. Carlin


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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh. You was at Dunkirk, weren't you Mr Grimsdale? I wonder what would have happened if you'd given up then., 23 Jan 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Early Bird is directed by Robert Asher and stars Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jerry Desmonde & Paddie O'Neil. Grimsdale's Dairy, an old fashioned company who still deliver milk by horse and cart, are under threat of closure by the modern conglomerate that is Consolidated Dairies. But milkman Norman Pitkin (Wisdom) will not take it lying down; chaos ensues.

Norman Wisdom was an acquired taste, he was very much in the vein of Jerry Lewis from across the pond. His comedy staple was pratfalling and playing a lovable but hapless guy who constantly causes mayhem where ever he goes. Much like Lewis, the debates have always raged about if the comedy on offer was borderline genius or just standard buffoonery. The answer to which is naturally up to the individual observer to decide. What isn't up for debate is that Wisdom's film's, mostly, are perfect family fare that are agreeably watchable at any time of year.

The Early Bird is Wisdom's first feature film in colour, the title is derived from the saying "the early bird catches the worm". It sees Wisdom re-teamed with Chapman, Asher & Desmonde who all feature prominently in Wisdom's big screen output. As it is, The Early Bird is one of the most fondly remembered film's that Wisdom did. And rightly so because it contains some comedy gold moments to enjoy. Opening with a delightful 10 minute sequence that contains no dialogue, the film then pitches Wisdom into a number of truly great comedy scenes. A rampaging petrol lawnmower, a golf match interruption, Norman leading his horse up the stairs to bed; and the pièce de résistance that is the finale as a fire is believed to have broken out at the towering Consolidated Dairies building. All acted with comedic gusto by Wisdom and the cast thrust into the ensuing chaos. Lest we forget, also, the moral at the core of the writing too, this may be comedy unbound but it's also a sharp observation on the changing of the times and the sad disappearance of the little businesses. While the painted sets showcase a talent that's sometimes forgotten in this day and age of CGI enhancement.

A delightful comedy from a delightful and much respected entertainer. The kind of which is now impossible to replace. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, great buy, 25 Jan 2014
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Great Film, Norman Wisdom always manages to make me smile, laugh and feel sorry for him.
Great buy, was delivered fast, They don't make comedy like this anymore (which is sad)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fan!, 21 Jan 2013
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Norman Wisdom fan. Love these old comedies and when you want to find one that you can't find in the stores this is a great place to buy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD, 1 May 2011
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Mr. S. Carlin "arca20" (England) - See all my reviews
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I have always loved this film. I first saw it as a child in the 1970s and would watch it every time it was screened. None of the other films that Norman Wisdom made have been able to make me laugh or care. From the brilliant introduction based around the characters stumbling around half asleep, through the byplay between Norman and various other characters including Mr Grimsdale, all the way to the finale at the dairy, I enjoy watching this film time and again and so the chance to buy it on DVD was one I welcomed.

I would rate the film 4 stars.

Sadly, the DVD release disappoints on two, major issues.

The first issue is the aspect ratio. The film begins in widescreen and then shifts to pan and scan for the bulk of the feature. I had thought this kind of appalling treatment of films was something left behind during the 1990s. To find it still rearing its head in the 21st century and on DVD is unbelievable.

The second issue is that its a vanilla release. Okay, so I don't mind if all I get is a film on DVD - but surely a talent such as Norman Wisdom warrants a documentary?

So be warned - if you want this film in the wrong aspect ratio, then dash out and get this DVD. If you, like me, want the full picture - avoid it.
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