After the opening outdoor scene the rest is set in one room like a stage farce.People coming through one door as someone just missing them coming through another. The obligatory changing clothes and a civil servant plied with drink. Not one of Leslie Phillips best!
A Russian Ballet team arrive in Britain and are interviewed and filmed outside the Royal Albert Hall, London. The proceedings are deliberately interrupted by a young lady (Carol Hawkins) who proceeds to dance around topless in front of the group. This is a subterfuge to enable one of the team, a male dancer, to detach himself and make an escape or, in diplomatic terms, seek asylum. He was supposed to jump into the car boot of the topless lassie but instead secretes himself in the boot of a more capacious car owned by a Naval Commander (played by Leslie Phillips). This then leads to a number of folk making their way to the home of the naval commander where the fantasy is played out, it has to be admitted, with some tedium.
Centre stage is held in the main by the actors: Lewis Fiander, Michele Dotrice, Ray Cooney, Ian Lavender and Carol Hawkins; Philips scarcely has time in which to display his usual talents and June Whitfield only turns up towards the end.
Not Now, Comrade [DVD]What an excellent film and so many well known faces I totally love this film and would highly recommend it to anyone who like Leslie Phillips or any other of the stars or simply just likes to have a laugh at the great british humour thumbs up
Absolute rubbish. The worst film by far I've ever watched in my life. The producers deserve to be tarred and feathered. It's an insult to our intelligence. The actors in this film should be ashamed of themselves. Poor acting, non existent story line, mindless direction. Amateurish.
This is the typical disaster that occurs when an attempt is made to put what is obviously a stage play "farce" on the big screen. It never works,and this is the usual laboured,unfunny result. What funny moments that might surface on the stage,can never do so on film-it's all about timing,with material like this. There was no detectable comedy here at all,just the usual hackneyed repetitive boring rubbish that somehow was so popular on stage. The fact that Ray Cooney is featured says it all. A trip to the charity shop beckons.......................t
This comedy is once again a bit of camp 70's kitsch, with a dash of 70s soft porn. However, it's not funny, just irritating and you certainly won't get any laughs or fond nostalgia from this film. No wonder it was such a flop, when it was released back in 1976! Some good turns from Leslie Phillips, Ian Lavender and Michelle Dotrice, who just about hold the preposterous plot together, but unfortunately Carol Hawkins and Lewis Fiander and his terrible acting are just annoying.