MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,895 this week

The Green Man (1956)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 790 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 8 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(play), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3829 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1741 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 50 titles
created 21 Jun 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Green Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Green Man (1956)

The Green Man (1956) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Green Man.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole
Hue and Cry (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Arthur Young, Olga Lindo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A beautiful blonde (Baker) joins a small group of men running an oil station in the Sahara Desert and starts the emotions soaring.

Director: Seth Holt
Stars: Carroll Baker, Peter van Eyck, Ian Bannen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the Earndale by-election natural history expert and TV personality Bob Wilcot for the Conservatives finds himself up against Billingsgate girl Stella Stoker for the socialists. Amateur ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Alastair Sim, Patricia Bredin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To further the aims of the St Trinian's Marriage Bureau run by Flash Harry, the school contrives to win a competition with a European "Goodwill" trip as prize, to the horror of the Ministry... See full summary »

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and a murder. ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Alastair Sim, Fay Compton
Genevieve (1953)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
Waterloo Road (1945)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: John Mills, Stewart Granger, Alastair Sim
Edit

Cast

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

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Assassino di fiducia  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Windyridge and Appleby are on Hillcote Road, Turnham Green. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Gaudeamus igitur
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard when the school photo is seen at the start of the film.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant Black Comedy
30 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little gem ranks with MONSIEUR VERDOUX and THE LADYKILLERS as the best black comedies.

The hilarious Alastair Sim stars as Hawkins, a freelance assassin who merrily goes round the world blowing up pompous twits. He runs into trouble, however, when he writes some notes on his girl friend's (Avril Angers) desk, not knowing there is carbon paper underneath. His notes about her boss' (Raymond Huntley) stay at an inn called The Green Man arouse her suspicions.

She investigates but goes to the wrong (and vacant) house runs gets bumped off by Hawkins' associate who then and runs into a pushy vacuum cleaner salesman (George Cole). When the new owner (Jill Adams) suddenly appears, the two begin a hilarious chase to tracks down Hawkins at The Green Man and stop the assassination.

Of course they have no idea who Hawkins is and Huntley registers under an assumed name. They assume that a guest (Terry-Thomas) is the intended victim and turn the inn into a mad house.

Sim, Cole, and Thomas are hilarious, each playing his patented British eccentric. Adams is very pretty. Good support from Angers and Huntley. Also good are the inn keepers (Arthur Brough and Dora Bryan), the associate (John Chandos), Colin Gordon as the fiancé, and the boozy music trio (Marie Burke, Lucy Griffiths, and Vivien Wood).

Interesting to see Brough (Mr. Granger on ARE YOU BEING SERVED?) years before his television stardom.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
locations? gftv
an inappropriate subject mheckman-1
Discuss The Green Man (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?