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Writers:
Jeffrey Dell (original story) &
Roy Boulting (original story) ...
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Release Date:
11 April 1960 (Sweden) See more »
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Cast

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Terry-Thomas ... Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne

Peter Sellers ... Señor Amphibulos - the prime minister

Luciana Paluzzi ... Her Serene Highness Princess Ilyena (as Luciana Paoluzzi)

Ian Bannen ... Young King Loris
Thorley Walters ... Colonel Bellingham of the Bays
Raymond Huntley ... Foreign Secretary Tufton Slade
Miles Malleson ... Resident Advisor Davidson

John Le Mesurier ... 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 ... Commentator
Basil Dignam ... Security Officer
Sam Kydd ... Signaller
Robert Bruce ... Major in Commandos
John Glyn-Jones ... Newsreel Interviewer
Marianne Stone ... Woman in Cinema
Katherine Keeton ... Sexy dancer (as Kathryn Keeton)
Margaret Lacey ... Onlooker
Robert S. Young ... Archivist (as Robert Young)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andre Charisse ... Russian Minister (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... 1st Russian Scientist (uncredited)
Maurice Colbourne ... 1st Official (uncredited)
Fiona Davie ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Drake ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Dyrenforth ... Admiral (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Deputy Minister (uncredited)
Kenneth Griffith ... Sir John's Assistant, Griffths (uncredited)
Julie Hopkins ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Kasket ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kaplan Kaye ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marne Maitland ... Archipolagos (uncredited)
Mark Milleham ... Child (uncredited)
Michael Partridge ... Commandos Captain (uncredited)
John Payne ... Junior Official (uncredited)
Bill Rayment ... 2nd Russian Scientist (uncredited)
Austin Trevor ... Secretary General (uncredited)
Michael Ward ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Onlooker (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Boulting 
Jeffrey Dell 
 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Dell (original story) &
Roy Boulting (original story)

Jeffrey Dell (screenplay) &
Roy Boulting (screenplay)

Produced by
John Boulting .... producer
Roy Boulting .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum  (as Max Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
 
Costume Design by
John McCorry  (as John McCorrie)
 
Makeup Department
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Henry Passmore .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Red Law .... dubbing recordist
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
George Stephenson .... sound recordist (as George Stevenson)
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... assistant camera
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe supervisor (as John McCorrie)
 
Editorial Department
John Poyner .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Carlton-Browne of the F.O." - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Finnish censorship register # 56295 delivered on 12-1-1961.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Soundtrack:
Eton Boating SongSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Passable – a real letdown considering the cast and potential, 15 March 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The Island of Gaillardia was discovered in 1720 when an English vessel with a cargo of oranges ran into it in the dark. As a result, Great Britain gained a colony, the captain lost his ticket and the inhabitants lived on marmalade for months. Great Britain little knew what she was taking on. With two branches of the Royal family at daggers drawn, war between North and South had long been a national pastime and neither side took kindly to outside interference. After 200 years, Great Britain threw in the sponge and granted the islanders self governance. Sadly no one told her representative and in 1959 he was still at his post when the present king was killed, his son brought in and both the UK and the USSR looking to gain favour. From the UK, Carlton-Browne is sent to negotiate.

With a big cast of reliable British names in the leads I was keen to see this film. However it failed to really impress me at any point for any sustained period. The plot had potential and is only really let down by the prolonged courtship/romantic scenes that producers feel obliged to include in many comedies of the period. Sadly this reasonably well designed plot has two other major flaws. Firstly it becomes a little too complex for such a lightweight affair as this – political motives and hidden agendas are all brought in which, while not complicated, certainly clutter the film. Secondly it is simply not very funny or even amusing.

Near the start and throughout the film has quite a few good jokes at the expense of the British system, the opening credits (partly quoted in my first paragraph) make a dig at the Foreign Office and there is a good running joke about the Ministry of Works Council constantly digging holes around the Island. This is not enough and the rest of the film is just about passable as it lacks any clear humour and any potential whimsy is choked by the messy plot.

It is a shame because by and large the film had a very talented cast at it's disposal. Thomas is good in the lead but seemed quite understated (but still a good lead). Sellers has a few good scenes but is largely underused and a bit of a waste. It was good to see Le Mesurier in a role that didn't require him to be wishy-washy as usual but again he has little to do. I was pleased to see Paluzzi (Thunderball in the film as I have always felt she is a very beautiful woman in a classic beauty type of way with a real touch, it is a shame that most of her scenes are the excess romantic things.

Overall this film is just about light enough to pass the time but I did find it to be a real disappointment. The plot starts well but gets confused and cluttered, the cast are given little to do to show their talents and the material is amusing at best, but never laugh out loud funny. Shame, there are plenty of better films with these talents in so why waste time on this one?

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