MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,962 this week

Call Me Genius (1961)
"The Rebel" (original title)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 636 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 15 Mar 2011
 
a list of 1166 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 9781 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1006 titles
created 12 Sep 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Call Me Genius" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Call Me Genius (1961)

Call Me Genius (1961) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Call Me Genius.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young factory worker decides to stand up against his work-mates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig
Warning Shot (1967)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected doctor with no criminal record and the man's gun cannot be found, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: David Janssen, Ed Begley, Keenan Wynn
Fury (1973)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Antonio Calenda
Stars: Oliver Reed, Claudia Cardinale, John McEnery
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to ... See full summary »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville
Stars: David Farrar, Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee
Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Johnny Vyvyan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Stanley Baker, Helmut Schmid, Tom Bell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders
The Rebel (1959–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After the end of the American Civil War, a former Confederate Army private roams the Wild West and, as a rogue drifter, gets involved in helping out various settlers threatened by various bad guys.

Stars: Nick Adams, Ross Sturlin, Chuck Hamilton
Dirty Weekend (1973)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man and his mistress have just taken off for a weekend romp when they're kidnapped by a trio of bank robbers. They wind up becoming media "stars" as police and reporters follow them. They... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Oliver Reed, Carole André
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This historical adventure is set during the English Civil War. When King Charles I is captured by Roundhead forces led by the tyrant Colonel Judd and his right-hand man Captain Sylvester, ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed, Jack Hedley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Hancock ...
...
Sir Charles Brewer
Paul Massie ...
Margit Saad ...
Margot Carreras
Grégoire Aslan ...
Aristotle Carreras
...
Irene Handl ...
...
Office Manager
Liz Fraser ...
Waitress
Mervyn Johns ...
Manager of Art Gallery, London
...
Manager of Art Gallery, Paris
Nanette Newman ...
Josey
Marie Burke ...
Madame Laurent
Bernard Rebel ...
Art Dealer
Sandor Elès ...
Artist
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From London's "Bowler-Hatted" Conformity to Paris' Left Bank Madness! (US release: Call Me Genius) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 December 1962 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Call Me Genius  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Jim Smith: English names are so mysterious, don't you think?
Hancock: Oh, yes. I knew an 'Arry Trubshawe and a Bert 'Iggins once. Dead mysterious they were.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The producers wish to acknowledge the fullest co-operation accorded - somewhat apprehensively - by BRITISH RAILWAYS. See more »

Connections

Featured in London - The Modern Babylon (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last! At Last!
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Trenet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hilarious Hancock
3 September 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I am 57 now and was weaned when I was a lad on the various BBC tv series of "Hancock's Half Hour in the 1950's.I became an addict there and then.In later life I carefully recorded the repeats on my vcr (not invented when I was a lad), and purchased cassettes of Tony's earlier radio shows whenever a new volume was available for sale.I have read his biography (1924 - his suicide in Australia in 1968), so he was only 44 when he died.Forget he had a drink problem and could be violent.

Yes, he considered he had outgrown his tv series with Sid James (and Kenneth Williams earlier) and even his later solo "Hancock" tv series from 1959 onwards.As a previous literate reviewer has rightly remarked, he hankered after a wider international audience for his comic abilities and appeared in later films like "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" even trying his hand in Hollywood with Walt Disney but I consider "The Rebel" from 1961 as his funniest film.It incorporates many characters like the existentialist lady on the big screen who have been heard before, e.g. Fenella Fielding in the radio show "The East Cheam Poetry Festival" from 1954.John le Mesurier often played "establishment" figures in his half hour shows and was a personal friend and here he plays Hancock's authoritarian boss in the dreary office where we first see him in an almost synchronised early scene where the clerks all do a similar computation function simultaneously.How we office workers with aspirations of individual creativity empathise with him in his rebellious behaviour!!

A new "Mrs Cravatte" in the shape of Irene Handle (not Patricia Hayes who was merely a char lady in the tv series), provides a female comic foil as Tony's landlady.It is interesting he retains his real name in this feature film, presumably he considered he could effectivly develop his bohemian character from the tv onto the broader canvas.I revisited this film after 20 years or so and laughed out loud in several places.The point already made that American/overseas viewers may be perplexed with his humour is easy to understand and our current UK generation may be left cold by it.My generation however which was reared on a diet of post war food rationing, spivs, watching wealthy Americans in the media, the McMillan type establishment figures in politics and industry, trends in fashion, pop music etc; can so empathise with his humour.I gave it 7/10.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A brilliant film! JK21
Question JK21
Cameo percommode
Just noticed... l1verpool
dvd /Blu ray version needed now! ktvalve
Hancock's Rebel Paris tonyphillips6
Discuss Call Me Genius (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?