British Comedies: some excelllent ones that are rarer....

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1.
Time, Gentlemen, Please! (1952)
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Because of its high productivity and "almost" 100 per cent employment, the village of Little Heyhoe... (79 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Due to copyright dispute this is a rarity but is a corker. If you can see it it has all the greats and is as funny as anything that Ealing produced. ” - intelearts
 
2.
The Calcium Kid (2004)
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Following a bizarre series of events, Jimmy, a local amateur boxer, finds himself pitted in a match against the world champion. (89 mins.)
Director: Alex De Rakoff
“ Orlando's follow-up to LOTR is a geniunely sweet and funny sports comedy. Never shown, it really is a good, kind-hearted, and laugh out loud film. ” - intelearts
 
3.
On a Clear Day (2005)
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Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - swimming the English Channel. (95 mins.)
Director: Gaby Dellal
“ Not strictly a comedy, more a comedy drama with sports, it's uplifting and captures something of Britain's shipbuilding and is most like the Full Monty (but with swimming trunks). A great film full of heart. ” - intelearts
 
4.
Up the Creek (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lieut. Humphrey Fairweather, R.N., in his latest disastrous attempt to prove to the Navy that his rocket... (83 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Fairly rare Peter Seller's Navy Film. There's a follow-up Further Up The Creek with Frankie Howerd that is a real stinker.... ” - intelearts
 
5.
No Place Like Homicide! (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Ernie's uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral home with the rest of his relatives... (87 mins.)
Director: Pat Jackson
“ Sid James in Pre-Carry on crime caper - silly in places, but overall great stuff! ” - intelearts
 
6.
The Missionary (1982)
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In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England... (90 mins.)
“ Palin's spot-on gentle satire on Anglicanism in Victorian Britain. Pythonesque without the surreal. ” - intelearts
 
7.
Pygmalion (1938)
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Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady. (96 mins.)
“ Not exactly rare, but compared to My Fair Lady it is largely ignored and it is one of the best British Comedies of the 1930s. ” - intelearts
 
8.
Orders Are Orders (1955)
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Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead. (78 mins.)
Director: David Paltenghi
“ British Army and National Service: all the usual crew... ” - intelearts
 
9.
Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty. (88 mins.)
“ Not seen as much as Terry-Thomas' others, with Sellers playing multiple roles, High jinx in the Colonies. ” - intelearts
 
10.
Double Bunk (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When newly weds Jack and Peggy face eviction, they are tricked into buying a run down houseboat. After rebuilding the engine... (92 mins.)
“ One of my favourites from the pre-Carry on golden age of British Comedy - usual class differences involving the Boating scene..... ” - intelearts
 
11.
The Wrong Box (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so! (105 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ Terrific who's who list and the best use of a tontine (where the person who dies last gets it all) ever...a complete riot with Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke, and Michael Caine, and a huge host of others.... ” - intelearts
 
12.
Googlewhack Adventure (2004 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Dave Gorman tells the story of his attempt to find 10 'Googlewhacks' (websites containing two unique words when searched on Google) and meet their owners before his 32nd birthday, in order to win a bet. (115 mins.)
“ If you can find it this is an extraordinary film about one man's stand-up show of how he travelled the world using Google. Sounds boring, trust me, it's not.... ” - intelearts
 
13.
Gregory's Girl (1981)
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Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ Hardly a rarity - best British double bill ever - this and Chariots of Fire - but it's fallen off the radar so I'll let it in. Quite simply one of the best teenage in love, and the best Scots comedy script - sharp, very funny, and sweet. ” - intelearts