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The Green Man [DVD]
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Seemingly mild-mannered watchmaker Hawkins (Alastair Sim) is in fact a skilled assassin. His latest target is leading politician Sir Gregory Upshot (Raymond Huntley), who is due to stay the weekend at the Green Man hotel. However, Hawkins' well-planned attempts to remove Sir Gregory permanently from public life are frustrated by well-meaning vacuum cleaner salesman William Blake (George Cole).
The Green Man and School for Scoundrels are gems of both British comedy and the great Alastair Sim treasury. The Green Man is a charming film that carries a wickedly subversive streak of black humour squarely on the back of Alastair Sim's disgruntled criminal mastermind. Planning to assassinate a windbag MP, his dastardly plot is embroiled in a comedy of errors when George Cole's vacuum cleaning demonstration turns up a corpse in the piano at Sim's Windyridge cottage. Teaming up with the long-legged neighbour Cole tracks down the bomb to a secret hideaway for the MP--a pub called the Green Man. This is the sort of masterful comedy that deftly gets away with confusing the audience, who are never sure whose side they should be cheering.
In School for Scoundrels wimpy Ian Carmichael wants to impress girls and get one over on all-round show-off and cad Terry Thomas (playing gloriously to type). Discovering Alastair Sim's unorthodox school Carmichael happily enrols and learns the quaint tricks of the day for securing the admiration of a fair lady. Ultimately as a star pupil he teaches the Master a thing or two about true love when everything turns out just fine in the end. The three central performances are brilliantly realised, particularly the role reversal between Carmichael and Thomas. Try playing a tennis match after a viewing without calling "hard cheese". --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Although The Green Man is also worth watching as it is an Alistair Sim classic, Laughter In Paradise is my favourite with a clever twist at the end. These two films make the price worth paying.
There are also another three films in the set 'Geordie', 'Folly To Be Wise' and 'Left, Right And Centre'.
This is an opportunity to revel in some of his popular pictures, even though they might not be the greatest films ever made. Geordie seems somewhat over sentimental by today's standards, but Sim's prowess in sheer physical comedy as the Laird is worth it. The Green Man shows him giving a virtual masterclass in comic acting and is packed with great character actors of the day, even though it tends to drag somewhat in the middle when Sim is off screen. And as for his attempts to put a brick through the window of a jeweller's shop in Laughter in Paradise---well, enough said.
If you like Sim, get these five films. Also I would add that excellent biographies of both Sim and Rutherford are now available on Amazon and I would recommend them too.
At the reduced Amazon price I can't recommend this collection enough.
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This film is an old favourite, so of course I like it. Post war, black and white, Strong cast and gentle humour, very British.Published 1 month ago by Norman Moletrouser
This jovial black comedy entertains as it aches your ribs with laughter. I've found that Studio Canal have re-released many older British films and they seem to excel at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurence Paul
Excellent comedy drama with a strong cast and a good story line.Published 2 months ago by lightning720