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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

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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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26 December 1962 (Denmark)  »

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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

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.
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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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Film worth watching occasionally, perhaps, for different reasons.
5 March 2002 | by (Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing The Rebel, on general release, in Croydon - three or four miles from where the railway scenes were shot: a bygone branch line and now demolished station off Coombe Road. (We used to walk past it a couple of times each week in the 1950s in the Elmhurst 'crocodile' to play sports at Lloyd Park. Happy days, indeed.) Unfortunately, I have never been very comfortable with the film - and I have persevered with it over the years. The Hancock attitude quickly wears thin and the script is simply below par for these writers. Best scenes, apart from the nostalgia element, are those with Irene Handl; Margit Saad (best known to me from Magnificent Two)is easy on the eye, as ever, but must have been embarrassed with her banal Margot character.

Nevertheless, I am pleased that the picture has its adherents. Where is Margit Saad today? A directorial credit around 1990 and seemingly nothing since.


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