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The Comedy Man [DVD]
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alan Dobie - unrated actor who cannot get work role
steals the movie
Excellent film. Great acting from a great cast. Very true to life. humour and pathos. Thoroughly entertaining.Published 17 months ago by John Rogers
I love Kenneth More but this was awful even by his standards, why it was called the Comedy Man when it was misery all the way I
just don't know.
A brilliantly observed take on actor's lives in the early sixties. Kenneth More is a revelation. I've watched it three times now, and look forward to seeing it yet again.Published on 28 Feb. 2015 by Amazon Customer
A charming early sixties period piece. Not exactly drama and not exactly comedy but very evocative of its time. A very enjoyable film.Published on 4 Feb. 2015 by Marlow
Not a great fllm. Probably a bit daring in its day, but a bit jaded now.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by Brownshoe