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The Square Peg (1958)

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Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
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Lesley Cartland
Edward Chapman ...
Campbell Singer ...
Sergeant Loder
Hattie Jacques ...
Gretchen
Brian Worth ...
Henri Le Blanc
Terence Alexander ...
Captain Wharton
John Warwick ...
Colonel Layton
Arnold Bell ...
General Hunt
André Maranne ...
Jean-Claude (as Andre Maranne)
Victor Beaumont ...
Jogenkraut
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Captain Ford
Eddie Leslie ...
Medical officer
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Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the clutches of the Sergeant they have just bested. They are sent to France to repair roads in front of the Allied advance but get captured. Norman takes advantage of a useful similarity to impersonate General Schreiber and manages to return a hero. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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19 December 1958 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Djaddeh saf kon  »

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When Pitkin, as a civilian, is detained by the army, he stands on a bed frame and is at eye level with a window. From the outside he is shown, his face appearing and disappearing, as if jumping up on the bed, when in fact all he had to do was stand still. See more »

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Referenced in Piccadilly Third Stop (1960) See more »

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Das Lied der Deutschen
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aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Joseph Haydn
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24 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Following up on the zaniness of "Up in the World", Norman Wisdom returned as witless Norman Pitkin in "The Square Peg". In this case, he joins the army in WWII and gets dropped into Nazi-occupied France, where he's a dead ringer for a Nazi general.

I will say that I didn't find this one quite as funny as the previous movie, but the scenes where he's in the general's headquarters are just a hoot - you could turn the sound off and it would still be great. This is one movie that you're sure to love. Also starring is Honor Blackman (that's right: Pussy Galore!) and Edward Chapman.

And to think that I'd never even heard of Norman Wisdom until yesterday when I watched "Up in the World"!


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