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The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 November 1958 (USA)
A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

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Kay Walsh ...
Dee Coker
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Sara Monday
Mike Morgan ...
Nosey
Robert Coote ...
Sir William Beeder
Arthur Macrae ...
A.W. Alabaster
Veronica Turleigh ...
Lady Beeder
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Abel
Reginald Beckwith ...
Capt. Jones
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Hickson
Gillian Vaughan ...
Lollie
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Storyline

Gulley Jimson is broke, difficult, conniving, uncouth, and a welcher - but an artist. The visions in his head may not really satisfy him when realized, but the quest continues, for the perfect wall. The Beeders leave for six weeks of vacation and return to find a 7000 pound committment and the wall of their living room a national treasure, even though living with a wall mural of feet is not their cup of tea. Then - in a bombed out church scheduled for demolition - THE wall that can become his vision. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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11 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Straight from the Horse's Mouth  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Morgan died ten days before the end of shooting. Some of his lines were dubbed by an unknown actor in post-production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Gully Simson is served a pint of beer in the pub. The amount of beer in the glass varies inconsistently in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Painter at side of ship: Where do you think you're goin', Dad? What's the big idea?
Gulley Jimson: Ah, there is good news yet to hear, and fine things to be seen... before we go to paradise... by way of Kensal Green.
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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Lieutenant Kije
by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofieff)
Arranged by Kenneth V. Jones
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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dare I say timeless?

This is probably my favorite movie. It may be overstatement to call a mere British comedy a timeless classic, but this outstanding movie, beneath its raucously madcap surface, has some very serious things to say about what it means to be an artist, to be driven by visions while living in a society that doesn't care. I think Guinness is the greatest actor of the century, and that his performance here as the maddening, irascible, impossible Gulley Jimson is the zenith of his movie roles. They don't make them like this anymore.


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