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The Square Peg (1958)

A British road repairman gets into a feud with the Army, gets drafted and is mistakenly parachuted into Nazi occupied France where his physical resemblance to the local German commandant triggers a hilarious chain reaction.

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Cast

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Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
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Lesley Cartland
Edward Chapman ...
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Sergeant Loder
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Gretchen von Schmettering
Brian Worth ...
Henri Le Blanc
Terence Alexander ...
Captain Wharton
John Warwick ...
Colonel Layton
Arnold Bell ...
General Hunt
André Maranne ...
Jean-Claude (as Andre Maranne)
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Jogenkraut
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Captain Ford
Eddie Leslie ...
Medical officer
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Storyline

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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The news the enemy dreaded - Wisdom's joined the army.

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Comedy | War

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Release Date:

19 December 1958 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

The Square Peg  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
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aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Joseph Haydn
Heard as a theme
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The Square Peg
23 December 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Norman Wisdom has to be one of the best British comedians of the 20th Century. For fifty years he has continued to entertain the British public with his films, TV appearances and one-man shows.

Between 1953 and 1966 Wisdom worked with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation and there, starred in some of the best loved British film comedies of all time, including The Square Peg.

The plot for the film is that council worker Norman and his boss Mr Grimsdale come into conflict with the local military. They are then drafted into the army themselves and sent to Nazi-occupied France where Widsom manages to foil the plans of German general.

If you like Wisdom's comedy or just want a little entertainment, then watch this film, you won't be disapointed. The scene with Wisdom in his dual role as Norman and the General and German opera singer Hattie Jacques is side-splittingly funny.


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