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Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

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Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne
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Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister
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Her Serene Highness Princess Ilyena (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
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Young King Loris
Thorley Walters ...
Colonel Bellingham of the Bays
Raymond Huntley ...
Foreign Secretary Tufton Slade
Miles Malleson ...
Resident Advisor Davidson
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Grand Duke Alexis
Marie Lohr ...
Lady Carlton-Browne
Kynaston Reeves ...
Sir Arthur Carlton-Browne
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Sir John Farthing
John Van Eyssen ...
Hewitt
Nicholas Parsons ...
Rodgers
Irene Handl ...
Mrs. Carter
Harry Locke ...
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Great Britain has had an international agreement for the last 50 years with a small pacific island. It has been ignored until the death of their king brings it to the attention of the Foreign Office in Whitehall. They decide to send Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne to re-establish friendly relations. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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It's the ROAR to end WAR.

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11 April 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Man in a Cocked Hat  »

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Trivia

Amphibulos introduces the troops at the airport as being modeled on the British Brigade of Guards. Several of the soldiers faint during the inspection, a reference to the occasions where soldiers of the Brigade of Guards have been seen to faint during the Trooping of the Colour in the UK. See more »

Goofs

When Amphibulos reaches for his glass to propose the toast it is almost full. When he raises it in the next cut it is nearly empty. See more »

Quotes

Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister: No. No. You must drink in one. Otherwise you will get a bit - You know?
Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne: Delicious!
Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister: Yes. Yes. Is called "Gruzanios". Not a drop is drunk until it is three weeks old. And now we will have the musica!
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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Eton Boating Song
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Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Played at the airport when Carlton-Browne arrives
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Starts out well, but can't sustain the momentum...
28 March 2000 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Partially from the perceived need, one feels, to include a conventional love story in the plot to make the film more marketable to a 1950's movie-going public.

The film starts with some wickedly funny characterizations of the upper-class bureaucrats running the Foreign Office --- the British are pilloried in the way that only the British can pillory themselves. But after that, the film loses its way in a conventional farcical plot. Terry-Thomas watchable as always, but the great talent in the cast (Peter Sellers, et al) is largely wasted.

A diverting, but not great film.


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