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Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)
"Carlton-Browne of the F.O." (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  11 April 1960 (Sweden)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Ronald Adam ...
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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Eton Boating Song
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Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
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Office of Miscellaneous Territories
1 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'd love to know the story behind this Pacific Island country of Gaillardia where they seem to speak some kind of language close to Italian, but it's on the 33rd parallel latitude in the Pacific. Could some other enterprising Italian sailor before Columbus have gotten there and bred with the natives?

In any event they have a new young king in Ian Bannen courtesy of an assassination, a double dealing prime minister in Peter Sellers and they've been a British protectorate for some generations now. But the place is so small and insignificant that no one quite remembers it at the Foreign Office headed by Raymond Huntley.

It falls in the office of Miscellaneous Territories headed by Terry- Thomas and that should tell you all you need to know as he's sent out on a diplomatic mission to find out why everyone is so interested in this place all of a sudden.

Man In A Cocked Hat has some funny moments, but it's generally a weak satire on the art of diplomacy British style. This film recalls in the recent past the blundering diplomacy of the Suez Crisis which brought down a Tory Prime Minister served by a Foreign Secretary much like Huntley.

Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers fans should like this though.


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