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The Amorous Mr. Prawn (1962)
"The Amorous Prawn" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  26 November 1962 (UK)
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General and Lady Fitzadam live at a remote army outpost in Scotland, their last assignment before the General retires. The General is sent abroad and in his absence, Lady Fitzadam decides ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ...
Cpl. Sidney Green
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Lady Dodo Fitzadam
Cecil Parker ...
Gen. Sir Hamish Fitzadam
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Prawn (Mr. Vernon)
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Larry Hoffman
Liz Fraser ...
Pvt. Suzie Tidmarsh
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Lochaye
Robert Nichols ...
Sam Goulansky
Bridget Armstrong ...
Pvt. Biddy O'Hara
Harry Locke ...
Albert Huggin
Derek Nimmo ...
Pvt. Willie Maltravers
Roddy McMillan ...
Pvt. McTavish
Sandra Dorne ...
Busty Babs
Michael Ripper ...
Angus
Roberta Desti ...
Jeweller's Assistant
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General and Lady Fitzadam live at a remote army outpost in Scotland, their last assignment before the General retires. The General is sent abroad and in his absence, Lady Fitzadam decides to convert their spacious estate into a fishing resort for American tourists. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The alternative title "The Playgirl and the War Minister" was a contrived attempt to cash in on the John Profumo political scandal, although the film has nothing to do with contemporary events. See more »

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When Joan Greenwood is explaining the long distance phone calls to the Army barrack's switchboard, Ian Carmichael places a china plate on the desk twice. See more »

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Only for those who have a soft spot for 1950s English movies
1 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For some reason I must admit to having a soft spot for old English movies. All terribly "pukkah" and stiff upper lip, don't you know! This description even applies to the British comedies of that era, funnily enough. Which is to say that they are principally designed to appeal to the British of that era. I have to say that even if I enjoy such a movie, I mostly do not like these comedies for their humour as such. What humour there is, is all so gentle as to be practically non existent - or perhaps it only works if one is an initiate to some secret society.

This movie is like that - a kind of social history of its times. It's a rather unfunny but somehow sweet movie (all the characters are so inoffensive) that I do not regret watching it, perhaps because I am a bit of an Anglophile at heart. But I certainly would not recommend it to anyone raised on a diet of Jim Carey or Adam Sandler for example, (not that I think they are funny either...........)

It's a movie that is typical of its type and if you are into that type you may enjoy it as a way to pass a pleasant unchallenging 90 minutes.

And like most people, I am totally mystified by the title. I can only presume that "prawn" had some specific vernacular meaning back when this was made. (I have heard the term used to describe what Americans call a "patsy" but don't think that really works in this context.


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