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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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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 ...
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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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The dummy that Pitkin stabs and throws on the end of his bayonet moves before he stabs it. 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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A tale of two Pitkin's
13 January 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've always liked Norman Wisdom's films - to a point - in every one there was something anarchic to laugh at but unfortunately something maudlin to squirm at too. This was the 6th of Wisdom's 12 "Norman" comedy films, and imho one of his best although I suspect every fan who has seen them all has their own favourites. However from experience there seem to be more perverse people who have seen every film and who hate the lot.

Norman Pitkin as St. Godric's Council employee is digging up the road outside an Army camp during the War, takes the Mick of the soldiers once too often and he and his boss Mr. Grimsdale find themselves conscripted. The slapstick war between Pitkin and Sergeant Campbell Singer continues into his training, until Pitkin and Grimsdale end up in France and the second part of the story begins. Favourite bits: Pitkin ferociously bayoneting the dummies; his bravado pre-parachuting; the General Schreiber double scenes with Hattie Brunnhilde Jacques; marching out of step with his captors. Apart from one mawkish bit in the French café with Honor Blackman there was no romantic musical interlude – although he had a fine singing voice it's still a definite plus! Cheaply made but well disguised, and with a great cast of British stalwarts also on display - missed Jerry Desmonde though!

It's a pleasant time-filler and maybe one of his more accessible films to a non-fan or non-kid which is perhaps one reason why it's probably shown on TV more often than his other black & white's.


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