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Call Me Genius (1961)
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Hancock ...
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Sir Charles Brewer
Paul Massie ...
Margit Saad ...
Margot Carreras
Grégoire Aslan ...
Aristotle Carreras
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Irene Handl ...
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Office Manager
Liz Fraser ...
Waitress
Mervyn Johns ...
Manager of Art Gallery, London
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Manager of Art Gallery, Paris
Nanette Newman ...
Josey
Marie Burke ...
Madame Laurent
Bernard Rebel ...
Art Dealer
Sandor Elès ...
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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26 December 1962 (Denmark)  »

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The working title was "One Man's Meat". See more »

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Hancock: Your colours are the wrong shape.
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The producers wish to acknowledge the fullest co-operation accorded - somewhat apprehensively - by BRITISH RAILWAYS. See more »

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Featured in George & Mildred: The Last Straw (1979) See more »

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At Last! At Last!
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Written by Charles Trenet
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Underrated Hancock
1 February 2001 | by (Portsmouth, UK) – See all my reviews

An often overlooked and underrated Hancock vehicle as the Lad from East Cheam inadvertently becomes the toast of the art world when his flatmate's paintings are accidentally attributed to him instead of his own primitive childish daubs.

Great ensemble cast with John Le Mesurier as his boss, the sublime Irene Handl as his landlady Mrs Cravat and George Sanders as his pompous artistic agent.

At the films' centre is a sharp and nicely played critique of the hypocrisy and snobbishness of the art world with the usual taut Galton and Simpson script full of smart one liners.

"What's that?" asks Mrs Cravat looking at a bright pink picture of a man in a beret. "It's a self portrait" replies Hancock. "Who of?" counters Mrs Cravat.

Look out for a very young Nanette Newman as an Existentialist acolyte in the party scene and also Oliver Reed as a cafe artist.

8/10


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