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Call Me Genius (1961)

The Rebel (original title)
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.

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Sir Charles Brewer
Paul Massie ...
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Margot Carreras
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Aristotle Carreras
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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 ...
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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.

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Watch Out Picasso... Here Comes Tony Hancock! (US release: Call Me Genius) See more »

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26 December 1962 (Denmark)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Writers Galton and Simpson suggested a cameo role for Tony's (until-recently) costar in BBCTV's Hancock's Half Hour (1956), Sidney James, possibly as the Customs Official. They recall their lead actor vetoing this idea, though James did attend the film's Plaza premiere in London's Haymarket. See more »

Quotes

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 John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (2012) See more »

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At Last! At Last!
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Trenet
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great fun
8 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This one is a long-time favourite for its great one-liners, its wit, its bright colours and the sheer joy of its performances. George Sanders plays the creepy critic with the same finesse he'd done many times before, Hancock as the leader of the Infantile school of painting is so preposterous its hysterical, even a very young Oliver Reed appears briefly in the cafe scene. The writing of Galton and Simpson is as sharp as ever but gets to take more detours and turns than it ever could in the Half-Hours ... a brilliant film. I particularly love the pathetic painting of the foot which crops up at the art exhibition and that hideous sculpture. Excellent.


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