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

 |  Comedy  |  17 March 1961 (UK)
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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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From London's "Bowler-Hatted" Conformity to Paris' Left Bank Madness! (US release: Call Me Genius) See more »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)
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In September 2002 the London Institute of Pataphysics recreated Alistair Grant's pieces for the film (down to Magnus Irvin's pyjama'd reworking of Tony's bicycle action painting, itself inspired by former Royal College of Art student Bill Green's output) at London's The Foundry, presenting the exhibition as if it were a retrospective of genuine unknown artist Anthony Hancock. See more »

Quotes

Hancock: Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day. I'm off! I know what I was cut out to do and I should have done it long ago. YOU'RE ALL RAVING MAD! None of you know what you're looking at. You wait 'til I'm dead you'll see I was right!
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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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At Last! At Last!
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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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