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Skywatch (1960)

Light Up the Sky! (original title)
A comedy drama set in a WWII British Army Searchlight Squad. They are an odd bunch of misfits but somehow manage to get the job done.

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A comedy drama set in a WWII British Army Searchlight Squad. They are an odd bunch of misfits but somehow manage to get the job done.

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Iconic connection. An enlarged still from "Light up the Sky", showing, Benny Hill and Tommy Steele, can be seen in the montage of photos behind The Beatles, on the inside of the gate-fold sleeve, of their 1964 release "Beatles For Sale". See more »

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Featured in Benny Hill: The World's Favorite Clown (1991) See more »

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Strike A Light
Written by Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt
Performed by Tommy Steele and Benny Hill
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Uneven wartime comedy drama shows its stage origins
11 February 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When this film was made war films were very popular at the box office.Privates On Parade was the first film to poke fun at the army followed by Carry On Sergeant,and contemporaneously with this film Very Important Person.This film betrays its stage origins by spending far too long in the confines of the squad hut.A good cast is really not given enough comedy situations to handle.the tragedy and drama don't mix well with the comedy.There is a rather artificial beginning and end which is most unsatisfactory.Ian Carmichaels character is strangely written and portrayed.he treats his men as errant children rather than men.It is little surprise that Lewis Gilbert does not mention this film in his autobiog.It is clearly a film that he would prefer to forget.


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