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Cast

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Hawkins
George Cole ...
William Blake
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Charles Boughtflower
Jill Adams ...
Ann Vincent
Raymond Huntley ...
Sir Gregory Upshott
Colin Gordon ...
Reginald Willoughby-Cruft
Avril Angers ...
Marigold
Eileen Moore ...
Joan Wood
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Lily
John Chandos ...
McKechnie
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Sergeant Bassett
Richard Wattis ...
Doctor
Vivien Wood ...
Leader of Trio
Marie Burke ...
Felicity
Lucy Griffiths ...
Annabel
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Storyline

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is off for some hanky-panky at the Green Man on the south coast, where Hawkins is planning to retire him for good. But before he can get on with this the hit-man has a procession of unwanted visitors at home to dispose of - one way or another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Kind of Picture the British Have a Way With...Things Like Very Merry Murders...Very Unusual Characters...Very Sly Sex...And All Combined in an Uproar of Laughs and Suspense

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21 December 1956 (France)  »

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Assassino di fiducia  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which George Cole tries to phone the police and Alastair Sim tries to stop him was improvised. See more »

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When the radio is "spinning" through the air the wires holding it at each corner are visible. See more »

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Hawkins: Ah! School days. The happiest days of one's life. I was a carefree innocent lad in those far gone times. Only one thing clouded my youthful spirits: my headmaster. Really, all I did was to put an electric charge in his fountain pen and an explosive charge in his inkpot. I honestly only intended to humiliate him. However, that got rid of him, and also disposed of any doubts I may have had about my true vocation.
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Sim's genius performance
24 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As always Alistair Sim brings his genius for comedy to a great British farce from the fifties. He seems to give an effortless performance as ever, making today's so called "comic" actors a lesson on how to do it. Even Peter Sellers, good as he was, could not approach this guy. Unjustly underrated by the British Establishment (all too keen to shower knighthoods etc. on lesser talents)Sim can elicit mirth from the slightest gesture or subtle change of expression. And that voice!! Incredibly mellifluous and characterful, he delivers lines like no-one else can ,apart from , perhaps, Kelsey Grammar in "Frasier". Try to see all his movies and you will not regret it - when the movies are not so great he always is. Just because the films are old does not render them uninteresting or unwatchable. A pity younger movie buffs do not study actors like Sim any more.


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