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Cast

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Hawkins
George Cole ...
William Blake
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Charles Boughtflower
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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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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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Trivia

Directorial debut of Robert Day. 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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Remade as Vor Nachbarn wird gewarnt (1965) See more »

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A Wandering Minstrel I
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From the 'The Mikado', by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
The second tune played by the trio
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Delightful black comedy
6 June 2000 | by (Bolton, England) – See all my reviews

Mr Sim is ideally cast as a seemingly mild but actually ruthless assassin. His perfect comic timing, expressive features and ability to switch on a sense of genuine menace are well used in this sprightly farce. George Cole is admirable as the well meaning young hero while Jill Adams is a radiantly beautiful and desirable heroine. As indisputably English as Wimbledon but much more fun!


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