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Make Mine a Double (1959)

The Night We Dropped a Clanger (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Thriller | 1961 (USA)
A WWII British secret agent has a desperate mission in occupied France. An airman who is his double is enlisted in the scheme with the intention of confusing the enemy, but everyone gets ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aircraftsman Arthur Atwood / Wing Cmdr. Blenkinsop
Cecil Parker ...
Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bertram Bukpasser
W / O Bright
Squadron Leader Thomas
Leo Franklyn ...
B.R. Belling
John Welsh ...
Squadron Leader Grant
Toby Perkins ...
Flight Lieutenant Spendal
Vera Pearce ...
Madame Grilby
Liz Fraser ...
Charles Cameron ...
General Gimble
Julian D'Albie ...
Air Marshal Carruthers
Arthur Brough ...
Admiral Bewdly
Ray Cooney ...
Oliver Johnston ...
Air Commodore Turner
Merylin Roberts ...
1st W.A.A.F.


A WWII British secret agent has a desperate mission in occupied France. An airman who is his double is enlisted in the scheme with the intention of confusing the enemy, but everyone gets confused. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy | Thriller


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1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William Hartnell and Leslie Phillips received "guest star" credits. See more »


Narrator: If there is any similarity between this picture and certain events which occurred in the last war we shouldn't be at all surprised.
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The Night We Dropped A Clanger
Music by Edwin Braden
Lyrics by Alan Reeve-Jones
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Average type of comedy
30 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE NIGHT WE DROPPED A CLANGER is a WW2-era comedy featuring a star turn for music hall personality Brian Rix, the guy well known for dropping his trousers and the like in various routines. Rix takes on the dual role of a leading wing commander and the incompetent aircraftsman who just so happens to be his double. One is due to be sent into occupied France on a secret mission and the other will be his decoy on a mission to North Africa. What could possibly go wrong?

The answer is everything, but THE NIGHT WE DROPPED A CLANGER is really only a film for die-hard fans of British comedy of the era. This film feels like it was made in the 1940s, not 1961. The humour is quite weak and tame and not as funny as the rival CARRY ON films from the same time. Rix is something of an acquired taste and although some of his slapstick routines are funny, his weak-willed character is more irritating than amusing.

Still, there's a solid supporting cast to enjoy, including William Hartnell once again playing up the stern role he ended up typecast with. Leslie Phillips enjoys a little womanising but is rather underutilised, it has to be said, although there's a nice part for Liz Fraser who gives something of an eye-popping performance as a nightclub singer. Hattie Jacques has a good cameo as does Irene Handl, but they're all too brief unfortunately.

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