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on 26 May 2017
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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on 27 September 2007
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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on 14 December 2014
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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on 21 May 2014
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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on 23 May 2014
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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on 25 January 2015
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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on 12 October 2014
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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on 15 February 2015
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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on 28 February 2015
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.
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on 4 February 2015
A charming early sixties period piece. Not exactly drama and not exactly comedy but very evocative of its time. A very enjoyable film.
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