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Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (original title)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne
Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister
Her Serene Highness Princess Ilyena (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Young King Loris
Thorley Walters ...
Colonel Bellingham of the Bays
Raymond Huntley ...
Foreign Secretary Tufton Slade
Miles Malleson ...
Resident Advisor Davidson
Grand Duke Alexis
Marie Lohr ...
Lady Carlton-Browne
Kynaston Reeves ...
Sir Arthur Carlton-Browne
Sir John Farthing
John Van Eyssen ...
Nicholas Parsons ...
Mrs. Carter
Harry Locke ...


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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Release Date:

11 April 1960 (Sweden)  »

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1.66 : 1
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In the montage of newspaper headlines that follows the death of the king and his heir the Pravda headline translates as "Labor of the Heroic Millions." See more »


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 »


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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Edited into Heroes of Comedy: Terry-Thomas (1995) See more »


Eton Boating Song
Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Played at the airport when Carlton-Browne arrives
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Fun Ealing comedy with top-form Terry-Thomas

Another comedy about a plucky little country struggling through the jungle of the modern (for the forties) global world with only native wit and pluck to guide them, this is a fine entry in the Ealing cannon. Terry-Thomas sparkles as usual in the lead, as a feckless ministry man led to the brink of disaster when a nation he is supposedly in charge of starts attracting the interest of the world, Ian Bannen makes a great romantic lead, Peter Sellers puts in one of his quieter performances as a corrupt politico and the uber-suave John Le Mesurier plays against type as a rugged revolutionary leader. Lots of fun is had by all, especially the viewer; perhaps not in the very top echelon of Ealing classics, but pretty high up.

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