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What a Whopper (1961)

 -  Comedy  -  11 June 1962 (Sweden)
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A writer attempts to raise some cash by writing a book about the Loch Ness Monster. No publisher will take it because they all think there isn't really a monster. The writer and some of his... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Faith ...
Tony Blake
Sidney James ...
Harry Sutton
Carole Lesley ...
Charlotte 'Charlie' Pinner
Terence Longdon ...
Vernon
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Mr. Slate
Freddie Frinton ...
Gilbert Pinner
Marie-France ...
Marie
Charles Hawtrey ...
Arnold
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Tramp
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Postie
Fabia Drake ...
Mrs. Pinner
Harold Berens ...
Sammy
Ewan Roberts ...
Jimmy
Archie Duncan ...
Macdonald
Terry Scott ...
Sergeant
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A writer attempts to raise some cash by writing a book about the Loch Ness Monster. No publisher will take it because they all think there isn't really a monster. The writer and some of his friends make a fake monster and take photographs and then travel to Scotland to see if they can convince the locals. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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loch ness | independent film

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A Book! A Monster! A Film!

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11 June 1962 (Sweden)  »

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Nu tar vi monstret  »

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What a Whopper
Written by Johnny Worth
Performed by Adam Faith
Arranged by John Barry
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Memento from a bygone age
21 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"There's something funny going on", mutters Terry Scott's policeman to his colleague Gordon Rollings. Well, I'm not sure about that, but "What a Whopper!" is at least mildly diverting, mainly for the pleasure of spotting the stars in the extraordinary cast. It is also noteworthy for the screenplay by future "Daleks" scribe Terry Nation, music by Laurie "Avengers" Johnson and for Adam Faith's quite dreadful theme song, which is arranged by none other than John Barry!

The film itself is innocent seaside postcard humour, full of comic misunderstandings. Charles Hawtrey plays a beatnik artist (!), Spike Milligan is a befuddled fisherman and Sid James a Scottish publican, although he wisely makes no attempt at a Scots accent. There is also a rare big screen outing for Freddie Frinton's famous sozzled aristocrat performance. This film is truly a souvenir from a bygone age, when the idea of an inebriated man driving from London to Scotland was funny and when outrageous sexism was tolerated. The treatment of women in this film makes the "Carry On" series positively 'PC' by comparison!


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