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4.7 out of 5 stars
Leslie Phillips Collection - Comic Icons [DVD]
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 30 September 2017
Leslie Phillips is a delight to watch. A gifted actor, handsome and charismatic, he brings an endearing, cheeky charm to his roles. This boxset comprises four diverse and entertaining films. In 'Please Turn Over', the characters in a a young girl's novel bear close resemblance to her family and friends, leading to misunderstandings about which is real life and which fiction. 'Watch your Stern' is a Navy Lark type story, in the same vein as early Carry On films and featuring several of the series' stars. In 'No Kidding', Phillips stars with Geraldine McEwan as a couple battling petty authority to establish a holiday home for children. There's a lovely comic turn from Irene Handl too, as the obstructive official. My personal favourite is 'Crooks Anonymous' in which Phillips plays a compulsive thief trying to go straight. He enrols on a course to unlearn criminal behaviour, but things don't go quite as planned. Stanley Baxter's wonderful as his 'un-crook trainer, and there's a cameo from Dick Emery, too. Each film is marvellous fun, with Phillips on top form.
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on 15 June 2010
I bought this box set solely for Please Turn Over which has the delectable Julia Lockwood as the lead. Truth be told, it's more of a Ted Ray film (who is very funny when drunk) but I would regard it as an ensemble piece. Everyone gets to play two characters and June Jago (why wasn't she in more Carry Ons?) is quite touching in it. It's become one of my favourite films.

As a brief guide: PLEASE TURN OVER is about a young girl who writes a book which suspiciously resembles her family. Leslie is a doctor in this who is a friend of the family.

NO KIDDING has Leslie and Geraldine McEwan setting up a holiday home for rich and jet-setting parents who seem to neglect their children

CROOKS ANNOYMOUS is about a group of roguish theives decide to go straight but resist the temptation to do so (with guest appearances from Arthur Askey and Hugh Paddick).

WATCH YOUR STERN has Leslie as an officer on a ship and could be seen as a film version of The Navy Lark.

These fims are great. You see so many regular faces (esp. Cyril Chamberlain and Marianne Stone) that it suggests that the film acting profession was like one big family at the time. I will say this: the box provides evidence that Leslie (or "Lovable Leslie" as he called himself in The Navy Lark) was not just the suave rakish cad he is portrayed nowadays.
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on 21 September 2017
Very enjoyable ,loved the films very clear voice "well pleased 😎
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on 24 March 2017
good collection
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on 21 August 2017
Brilliant
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on 4 October 2014
Seem to be old 'B' type movies from around the same era. Leslie Phillips watchable as always, but not his best films.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 September 2016
The 5 stars are for the excellent transfers from OPTIMUM CLASSIC. All 4 films look great. 16.9 ratio (fill my whole TV screen), good crisp picture and clear sound. Extras are chapter selections. The price is VFM, and there are brief synopses with main artists listed. On a purely personal note I was disapointed with all 4 films. They all have brilliant casts, just about every British character actor (including Marianne Stone) makes an appearence in one or more of the films. Sadly I thought the scripts let everyone down badly, and Phillips deserved better,but if you read other reviews you will notice I am in the extreme minority. The important factor as to whether you buy is the quality of the DVD transfers and you couldn't get better.
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VINE VOICEon 14 March 2009
This just has to be one of the best ever 1950-1960's set of full length comic films.
All four are just outstanding proper comedy.
The best ?
Well all of them but if pushed Watch Your Stern is great!
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on 8 February 2007
One unbeatable collection of early sixties black and white comedy feature films!

Leslie Phillips is augmented here with an excellent cast of familiar comedy actors and actresses from the era of fast direction and splendid close-up type of films.

Joan Hickson and Esma Cannon (A treasure) feature here in "No Kidding" an exceptional film, where the Adult actors here excel, especially Esma as the district nurse! Credit to underused June Jago as a prim Matron who battles with the inebriated cook (Joan Hickson).

Early sixties Pop hearthrob Mike Sarne ("Come Outside")has a cameo role here too.

Truly an awsome collection of long forgotten crisp comedy classics!

Excellent value that will keep the whole family entertained on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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on 8 December 2013
We've always loved the old black and white comedies starring Leslie Phillips, Alastair Sim etc. so when I saw this at a good price I couldn't resist the four films of gentle humour/farce that you can while a winter.afternoon away with. From 'Watch your stern' with its echoes of or precursor to the Carry On films through 'Crooks Anonymous' , 'No Kidding' and finally to 'Please Turn Over' which has possibly a bit more social comment than the others, these are enjoyable films that can be watched again. Leslie Phillips gentle humour draws you in and instantly makes you feel cosy for a couple of hours. A brilliant buy for any Phillips fan and sent quickly as usual. Recommended.
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