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The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 December 1956 (France)
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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hawkins
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William Blake
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Charles Boughtflower
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Ann Vincent
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Sir Gregory Upshott
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Reginald Willoughby-Cruft
Avril Angers ...
Marigold
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Joan Wood
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Lily
John Chandos ...
McKechnie
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Sergeant Bassett
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Doctor
Vivien Wood ...
Leader of Trio
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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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Comedy

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Release Date:

21 December 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Assassino di fiducia  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Meet A Body", on which this is based, was Launder and Gilliat's only play, running at London's Duke Of York Theatre for fourteen weeks from July 21 1954. 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 off times. Only one thing clouded my youthful spirits: my abominable headmaster. Really, all I did was to put an electric charge in his fountain pen and an explosive in the inkpot. I honestly only intended to humiliate him. However, that got rid of him, and it also disposed of any doubts I may have had about my true vocation.
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Soundtracks

Gaudeamus igitur
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Traditional
Heard when the school photo is seen at the start of the film.
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that's you, from laughter!
9 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Utterly hilarious from the first montage of droll assassinations (not really funny in news-horror 2006) but hilarious in it's clunky 50s tone set by Alistair Sim, THE GREEN MAN is a situation comedy of mistaken identity (including the title) that is as sharp now as 50 years ago. From clumsy George Cole and his vacuum cleaner salesman antics at the wrong house (Windybanks? anyone?) to Terry Thomas' leering spluttering "Basil Brush" type pub skirt-chasing THE GREEN MAN lurches hilariously from one weird character and place to screamingly funny suspense with the radio on the wrong station at the pub of the title. This is one of the most unappreciated and funniest Brit pix of the 50s and I implore you to get a copy any way you can. It should be up there with THE LADYKILLERS or SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH in beloved UK comedies...it even has Richard Wattis! Delight! And Alistair Sim...a sublime dry performance of apt face contortions ...his look of disgust alone had me laughing for days.


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