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Norman Wisdom - The Square Peg [DVD]

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  • Actors: Norman Wisdom
  • Directors: John Paddy Carstairs
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042QHA3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Norman Wisdom's immense popularity stems from his hilarious portrayal of the little guy who always seems to win out in the end. The cloth capped bumbler is one of the great creations of British comedy. It is the second world war and Norman Pitkin (Norman Wisdom) is proud of his role in the war effort he is a road mender for the council until he is recruited into the pioneer corps. From the beginning, the worst fears of the commander are confirmed. But trying to turn Norman Pitkin into a soldier is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hall. ...The Square Peg ( The Square Peg - Norman Wisdom )

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The Square Peg marks a slight departure for Norman Wisdom, being his first comedy to be set, however recently, in the past. He plays one of a pair of council workmen, who while repairing the road outside an army base come to illustrate the oxymoronic nature of the phrase "military intelligence". Finding themselves drafted, the workmen are sent to repair the roads ahead of the Allied advance through war-torn Europe by the sergeant they previously embarrassed. Norman finds himself behind the German lines, joins-up with French Resistance, gets captured then sets out to rescue British prisoners from a German military HQ by impersonating General Schreiber. Of course Wisdom plays Schreiber too, offering the sort of comedy stereotyping which Basil Fawlty in best "Don't mention the war" mode would appreciate. The Square Peg is the film which introduced Norman Wisdom's famous catch-phrase, "Mr. Grimsdale!" for whenever disaster struck. The long suffering Mr Grimsdale is played by Edward Chapman, who would reprise the role in Wisdom's A Stitch in Time (1963) and The Early Bird (1965), as well as playing Mr Philpots in The Bulldog Breed (1960). Hattie Jacques gets to sing a remarkable duet with Wisdom, and a pre-Goldfinger (1964) Honor Blackman provides the love interest.--Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This film is,in my opinion,the best of all the Norman Wisdom films. Norman plays the two parts of Norman Pitkin and a German Officer....as you can imagine the two men meet face to face and the slapstick genius himself goes to work once again to provide laughs. See this movie NOW!
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Typical Norman Wisdom film (It could have been the sequel to 'Carry on Sergeant'). Norman Pitkin is a navvy at war with the local Army barracks....Will the Army ever get the better of him? He also fools around and sings some dubious lieder with Hattie Jacques......Evokes memories of youthful years.
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I could not stop laughing - but then it is a Norman film - so you would expect nothing less! The funniest bit had to be when Norman was digging a hole in the road outside an army camp whilst the soldiers were on parade, he starting shouting commands to juxtapose the General! Hysterical stuff! Also on a film making note the fact that they pulled off Norman playing two parts in the same scene was incredible for those days! Now CGI and stuff can allow actors to play multiple roles but back then it was harder, but good old Norman did it once again...:D
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Got this as a present for my daughter in law who had barley heard of Norman Wisdom and had never watched any of his films. I hope she enjoys it. I have always been a huge fan of Norman Wisdoms.
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Just as funny as I remember it. Good film, as most of Norman wisdoms were and the price and packaging were great.
This is a film I can watch over and over again.
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By sarah on 13 May 2013
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Bought as a pressi and i read it too didnt realise he had been through so much. Its sad in places but a good read
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comedy at its very best. a really good story line and laugh out loud comedy. shame it is not in colour.
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If you like the clown, that is Norman Wisdom, then you wont be disappointed with this film .. .. ..
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