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Alfred Shaughnessy (original story) and
Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay)
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October 1956 (UK) See more »
Willie is a hall porter who is left a fortune but after living it up for a while he returns to his old hotel which is in financial difficulties. | Add synopsis »
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Frankie Howerd ... William Darling
Ruby Murray ... Ruby

Dennis Price ... Digby Hatchard
Dorothy Bromiley ... Rose Blake
Katherine Kath ... Lucienne

Gordon Harker ... Sid
Reginald Beckwith ... Herbert Hardcastle
Pierre Dudan ... Louis

Colin Gordon ... Cecil Flick

Richard Wattis ... Purchase
Alfie Bass ... May
Miriam Karlin ... Alice Cann
Willoughby Goddard ... Golightly
Aïché Nana ... Belly Dancer
George Margo ... Howard Cann

Esma Cannon ... Miss Tickle
Lucy Griffiths ... Aggie (as Lucy Griffith)
Naomi Chance ... Miss Caroline Lovejoy
Ian Whittaker ... Scotty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Binns ... Bit Part (uncredited)

John Breslin ... Tourist in Hotel (uncredited)
Jed Brown ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Eric Dodson ... Hotel Head Waiter (uncredited)
Ann George ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Andy Ho ... Hu (uncredited)

Penelope Horner ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Andreas Malandrinos ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edna Morris ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Pete Murray ... Honeymooner (uncredited)
Evelyn Roberts ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Miss Grey, Manager's Secretary (uncredited)
Brian Sunners ... Bit Part (uncredited)
John Vere ... Vicar (uncredited)

Ian Wilson ... Ministry of Health Official (uncredited)
Lee Young ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parry 
Writing credits
Alfred Shaughnessy  original story and
Alfred Shaughnessy  screenplay

Produced by
Raymond Stross .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Spear 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant 
Film Editing by
Charles Hasse 
Art Direction by
John Stoll 
Makeup Department
Gerry Fairbank .... makeup artist
Production Management
Victor Lyndon .... production supervisor
George Pollard .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
George Pollard .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.H. Lindop .... sound recordist (as W. Lindop)
Peter Thornton .... dubbing editor
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Spear .... conductor
Other crew
Jane Buck .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A touch of Howerd, 5 October 2010
Author: zeppo-2 from United Kingdom

Frankie Howerd takes the leading role in this standard British farce that was so common in the late fifties and doesn't do a bad job either. Usually more familiar in a supporting role,he takes centre stage here and all the action revolves around him.

The basic plot is the grass isn't always greener on the other side as Frankie finds out when his desired dream to retire to the French Rivera is a complete disaster. Returning to the UK he buys his old employment hotel and has to convince three businessmen it's worth investing in. Cue lots of rushing about farce proceedings as Frankie makes the hotel look busy with his small staff putting on numerous disguises.

Still quite amusing and watchable for it's short running time but it's the little things that kept me interested. Most of all Frankie's strange 'Eraserhead' hairstyle, Alfie Bass,the atypical Jewish performer,playing a Yorkshireman! And Ruby Murray's appalling attempt at acting, thank goodness she has a nice singing voice that's all I can say....

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