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The Comedy Man [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Norman Rossington
  • Directors: Alvin Rakoff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I04OS10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,716 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A series of '50s box-office hits including Genevieve and A Night to Remember established Kenneth More as one of Britain's most accomplished and durable leading men, and this bittersweet 1963 comedy further demonstrated the breadth of his talent.

The Comedy Man features one of More's most compelling and sympathetic performances as an embattled but resolutely upbeat provincial actor staring middle age and failure in the face; wry, touching and deftly scripted with a superb supporting cast, it is easy to see why More ranked this film among his favourites. The Comedy Man is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer from the original film elements in its original aspect ratio.

Following an indiscretion involving the producer's wife, rep actor Chick Byrd is fired from the play in which he has had a leading role. Heading to London in search of bigger and better things, he is reunited with a number of similarly straitened thespians, as well as his spirited, kind-hearted former love, Judy. But it seems Byrd may be poised to find fame and even some fortune when, in desperation, he manages to land himself the starring role in a deodorant commercial...

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Interesting British B Movie from the early sixties, which I enjoyed, but I think many would find a bit old fashioned.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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One of the best British films of the 60's and a witty and perceptive look at the acting profession of the time. It gives Kenneth More the opportunity to prove that he was an actor capable of far more than he was usually given credit for.
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