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Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in their fight for power. Written by
When Mrs Kite and Cynthia are reading the newspaper reports about the strike, Mrs Kite briefly turns a paper over while setting it down. The bottom half is blank - the prop papers were made up only on the side that would be seen in the shot. See more »
When Stanley is in the confectionery factory he feels ill, so he puts his hat on the conveyor belt. The spacing between the sweets and his hat is different when they enter the machine and when they emerge from the other side, and between a long shot and a close-up. See more »
In my opinion, despite its age, this is certainly the finest comedy movie ever to have been produced in the UK. Sellers shows us his true genius as the Union leader Fred Kite, a role that he arguably never bettered. It is a film that can be watched more than once, because the subtlety of the humour runs deep, and new pieces that escaped notice the first time can be detected in subsequent viewings. Sellers is undoubtedly the master here, but is well supported by Carmichael- and Terry Thomas as the hard pressed personnel manager comes close to stealing the top honours. A truly first class comedy that tells us more about the state of British Industry in 1959 than any serious drama from the same era.
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