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5.0 out of 5 stars A MERCILESS & ACCURATE PICTURE OF ACTORS WHO LIVE FROM HAND TO MOUTH.
Kenneth More is The Comedy Man in this cinemazation of Douglas Hayes' novel. Having spent most of his life playing the provinces in obscurity, More gives the London TV scene a try. He fails at attaining stardom on his own terms, but becomes a celebrity on TV commercials. After basking in fame for a while, More decides that he's sold out and returns to regional repertory...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Actor's Life For Me
Not, as I first thought, a thankfully-forgotten "comedy" vehicle for a Charlie Drake-type comedian, but an early sixties kitchen sink comedy-drama about the actor's life. The ever-likable Kenneth Moore leads a fine cast of seasoned old-hands, Dennis Price and Cecil Parker, and younger talent, Billie Whitelaw and Angela Douglas. The film claims to be gritty and honest...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MERCILESS & ACCURATE PICTURE OF ACTORS WHO LIVE FROM HAND TO MOUTH., 27 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Comedy Man [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Kenneth More is The Comedy Man in this cinemazation of Douglas Hayes' novel. Having spent most of his life playing the provinces in obscurity, More gives the London TV scene a try. He fails at attaining stardom on his own terms, but becomes a celebrity on TV commercials. After basking in fame for a while, More decides that he's sold out and returns to regional repertory. Matching More's terrific starring performance are such British "regulars" as Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Cecil Parker, Norm Rossington, and Frank Finlay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch drama, 21 May 2014
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This film shows just how good an actor Kenneth More was. The film portrays life behind the scenes in the world of Theatre. The highs and lows, the seedy agents and the struggle to survive. More plays a veteran stage actor whose career is on the slide but gains popularity as a new star of television commercials. The film is packed with familiar faces of British Film and there is lots to enjoy along the way. Thoroughly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Actor's Life For Me, 14 Dec. 2014
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R. Chapman (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Not, as I first thought, a thankfully-forgotten "comedy" vehicle for a Charlie Drake-type comedian, but an early sixties kitchen sink comedy-drama about the actor's life. The ever-likable Kenneth Moore leads a fine cast of seasoned old-hands, Dennis Price and Cecil Parker, and younger talent, Billie Whitelaw and Angela Douglas. The film claims to be gritty and honest but is in reality completely bogus. It is scuppered at the very beginning when Moore ludicrously announces after a curtain call that he is being sacked for having an affair with the producer's wife. Firstly, this would never happen. Not the affair, the announcing it in public. Secondly, if it did, he would, quite understandably, never work again. At the end he gives up a lucrative career in adverts to return to northern rep. Apart from the fact that by that time "northern rep" no longer really existed as it had done, why couldn't he do both, as many actors seem to do? It's all work.
I found the central situation of out of work actors slumming it in Camden Town strangely reminiscent of "Withnail and I", complete with a version of "Uncle Monty" in the form of Cecil Parker, but alas no going on holiday by mistake.
By undemanding "rainy Sunday afternoon on telly" standards, it's a rather likable and entertaining time-capsule for those who like seeing fine old character actors and are nostalgic for rather glum black and white parts of North London, old-fashioned taxis and "button A, button B" telephone call boxes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC AUTHENTICITY, 23 May 2014
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As a professional actor of over 40 years standing i can vouch that this film is very authentic. It grippingly shows the under belly of show business. Wonderful cast headed by the inimitable Kenneth More and delightful performances from Billie Whitelaw, Cecil Parker, Frank Finlay and Alan Dobie
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of More's finest roles, 12 Oct. 2014
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Apart from 'Reach For The Sky', This is one of Kenneth More's finest performances. He seems to annoy some of his peers with his casual outlook on not finding acting work (indeed which is worthy of him) - quite frankly, with the exception of one, he ends up the happiest of them all, as he returns north to home and local Rep, (which he tried to escape from the outset). Not a bad story but without More - very ordinary .... I liked it's mood and settings - and black and white these days is a treat ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth More (married with 2 children) fell in love with Angela Douglas during the making of the movie ..., 25 Jan. 2015
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Enjoyable movie giving a real feel of the 1960's. Kenneth More (married with 2 children) fell in love with Angela Douglas during the making of the movie and subsequently divorced his wife to marry Douglas, giving it extra Poignancy, but which somewhat dammed Kenny with the public and critics, sad really as they look good together. However, its a good hearted movie, the cast play their parts well, and good DVD quality. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD please!, 27 Feb. 2010
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Is it too much to hope for that there may be a DVD release soon?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the film when it came out first, also ..., 5 Oct. 2014
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Saw the film when it came out first, also I met the writer of the book, the late Douglas Hayes
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great fllm. Probably a bit daring in its day, 8 Oct. 2014
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Not a great fllm. Probably a bit daring in its day, but a bit jaded now.
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