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Man in a Cocked Hat -- When news reaches Britain's Foreign Office indicating rich mineral deposits on the small island of Gaillardia, interest in the ex-colony is re-awakened only to turn to consternation on the death of the old king, a faithful ally.


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11 April 1960 (Sweden) See more »
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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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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Casino Royale (1967)See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Colonial Problem of Great Britain In The 1950s, 7 September 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

CARLETON-BROWNE OF THE F.O. used to appear with some regularity in the New York metropolitan television area of the 1960s, but it was called "THE MAN IN THE COCKED HAT". This was not unusual. The comedy "THE NAKED TRUTH" was called "YOUR PAST IS SHOWING". I saw it twice back then, and remember a few points that have been downplayed in these reviews.


It was not as serious a film as it seems to be to some of the reviewers. Rather it touched on the serious because it dealt with the end of Britain's empire and the way the cold world politics of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. got entwined everywhere. What was being shown in the satire was that Britain (in the personality of it's man on the spot, Carleton-Browne (Terry-Thomas)) was too civilized to handle the realities of the dark politics of the era (keep in mind the film is British, so it is not really looking closely at the view of British policies and actions from the point of third world countries). The irony of the film is that those civilizing traits happens to be the unifying point that brings an end to the civil war bloodshed that is smashing the island kingdom of Gaillardia apart.

After showing how behind the times the foreign office of Raymond Huntley and Terry-Thomas is, we are taken to Gaillardia. A play is being attended by the King and his oldest son and heir, both of whom are bored by it. One of them says something like, "I'm blow-ed if I stay here". At that a bomb explodes killing them (paging Alistair Sim in THE GREEN MAN). The younger son, Ian Bannen, returns to the island, only to find that his uncle (John Le Messurier in an unusually ruthless and power-hungry role) is there to tell him it would be wisest if he would abdicate now. Bannen, who has been living in England, is trying to make his country a successful constitutional monarchy like mother England. He calls in the British Foreign Office, as his local "support" is the corrupt Prime Minister (Peter Sellers). The Foreign Office sends Terry-Thomas.

He has no idea of what to do. The island is slowly splitting in half, due to the activities of Le Messurier and his candidate for the throne, a Princess of the house. Le Messurier does not know that the Princess (Luciana Palluzzi) has met the young Bannen when they both were returning home (both had been in England). Actually she is just as set to set up the constitutional monarchy as Bannen is (and as Le Messurier is not, nor - for that matter - as Sellers could care for). Unless you keep that in mind the plot of this seems aimless.

Carleton-Browne (in his fumbling) comes up with a solution. It resembles the shamble solutions of East and West Germany (until 1989), Cypress (until today), North and South Vietnam (until 1975), and North and South Korea. He sets up a dividing line for Gaillardia so that both parties will be satisfied. It is voted on by the U.N. Security Council without any problem. Then it turns out that the aggression that Le Messurier brought to the matter was due to the U.S.S.R. It seems that the Northern part of the island has a valuable mineral the Russians need. When Carleton-Browne tries to undo the agreement, because he had not known this, Russia says he can't.

The British have been patrolling the demilitarized border area. Suddenly open civil war breaks out. Le Messurier thinks it is his opportunity, only to find his niece has a mind of her own, and it has no place for him as an adviser. Similarly (earlier) Bannen overhears Sellers offer to put the young king out of the way if Le Messurier will agree that he continue as Prime Minister of the reunited country. Bannen and Palluzzi both disappear, rendering their "pupper masters" useless. They only reappear when they confront Carleton-Browne - together they have formed a majority counter-insurgency to overthrow Le Messurier and Sellers. They are uniting to save the country.

They do. Basically what happens at the end is that Bannen and Palluzzi will marry and bring a constitutional country (based on Britain) to the island. Le Messurier (stunned and sad faced) is going to retire to some hotel in Europe where ex-monarchs congregate at. He will be accompanied by Sellers.

The comedy is in the film, but it is not consistent because of the commentary on modern diplomacy. Russia gets slapped for supporting dubious regimes (it's supporting a monarchy here, of all things) for raw materials. The U.S. is not directly affected (it is Britain that is), so when a sequence of news headlines from Britain show what a disaster is about to happen, the American newspapers reflect some trivial items of passing interest. In the last sequence, symbolically, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. have sent teams to play a soccer match in front of the Gaillardians. Carleton-Browne, despite his naivety and bungling, has won a victory for British civility (if not for the empire). He kicks the first soccer ball, as Sellers looks with patient interest, and an explosion occurs (paging again, Alistair Sim). But a final newspaper headline mentions he is being awarded a knighthood for his wonderful success as a diplomat, while he recovers.

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