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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Carlton-Browne of the F.O." - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Casino Royale (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eton Boating SongSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Weak but mildly entertaining..., 7 April 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While Terry-Thomas is not all that well-known today, he made some wonderfully funny films in the late 1950s and 60s. As for Peter Sellers, he made some ingenious and funny films. You'd think putting these two men together would result in a memorable film...but this is not the case with "Carlton-Brown of the F.O.". While mildly interesting, it's far from a classic. Given the material, it should have been a lot more interesting.

1959 was the same year that Peter Sellers starred in the wonderful parody of politics and a tiny fictional film, "The Mouse That Roared". Oddly, "Carlton-Browne" has a very similar plot, some of the same cast and came out at almost the same time! But, because "The Mouse That Roared" was such a wonderful film, "Carlton-Browne" has been forgotten.

The film is about the fictional country of Gaillardia--a tiny country that had been part of the British empire. When the film begins, the ancient British representative on the island alerts his superiors in the UK that "something is up" there. Apparently, some folks have been digging holes and some Russian-types have been seen there. This information eventually results in a series of international incidents that are all a microcosm of the struggle between the East and West at the time.

So why did the film turn out so ordinary? Well, most of it is the writing. It just isn't all that funny. And, what's worse is that Sellers is almost completely wasted. A very talented man, he DID have a habit of making brilliant and dull films throughout his career. While this one isn't bad, it is a bit dull here and there. Given a re-write, better pacing (it drags) and less "kooky" music, the film might have worked as a comedy. As is, it is a bit clever but that is all.

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