Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies for a mail-order body building course, successfully gaining both height and strength. At the age of 21, he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, and is selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Written by
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Geordie's mail order Mentor/Physical Culture Instructor, Henry Samson ('Francis DeWolff') is a spoof of real life Mail Order Muscle Building entrepreneur, Charles Atlas. See more »
I only wish, McTaggart, that you had acquired as much in knowledge as much as you have in height and weight. Nevertheless you have managed to obtain your school leaving certificate.
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I'm a big fan of Gilliat/Launder movies, and also of Alastair Sim. I expected the usual quirky, sparkling Ealing comedy, but instead got a slow-moving, barely interesting story which seems like something written for a kiddies' magazine.
In a way, it's sort of like CHARIOTS OF FIRE, but without the imagination, sharp script & interesting actors. A long-shot Scot gets his chance at the Olympics, but argues with the authorities about a matter of principle.
Sim is wasted in a two-dimensional role, but even so, he stands out from the rest of the cast, which is strictly one-dimensional. The color photography is dull and lifeless, to match the script. The happy ending comes about an hour too late.
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