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Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
Kingsley Amis (novel)
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Release Date:
20 March 1962 (USA) See more »
Peter Sellers' Newest Record-Breaking Comedy That's Rocking All England With Laughter! See more »
John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Peter Sellers in one of his more serious characterizations See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... John Lewis

Mai Zetterling ... Liz
Virginia Maskell ... Jean Lewis
Kenneth Griffith ... Ieuan Jenkins (as Kenneth Griffiths)
Raymond Huntley ... Vernon
David Davies ... Benyon
Maudie Edwards ... Mrs. Edna Davies

Meredith Edwards ... Clergyman on the Committee

John Le Mesurier ... Salter
Frederick Piper ... Mr. Davies

Graham Stark ... Hyman
Eynon Evans ... Town Hall Clerk

John Arnatt ... Bill
Sheila Manahan ... Mrs. Jenkins

Richard Attenborough ... Gareth L. Probert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frances Bennett ... Amorous Woman in Mobile Library (uncredited)
Lindy Cope ... Bridget (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Girl playing tennis (uncredited)

Eve Eden ... Girl Playing Tennis (uncredited)
Howell Evans ... Library Policeman (uncredited)
Tenniel Evans ... Kennedy (uncredited)
Howard Greene ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Ronnie Harries ... Night Porter (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Man in Pub (uncredited)
Damaris Hayman ... Lady Committee Member (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey ... 1st Pianist (uncredited)
Marjie Lawrence ... Girl in Bus (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Clergyman on Bus (uncredited)
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Laurence Luxton ... American GI and Driver (uncredited)

Meg Wynn Owen ... Dilys (uncredited)
John Rees ... Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Gerald Sim ... Cigarette Thief at Party (uncredited)
Hazel Squires ... 2nd Pianist (uncredited)
Gillian Vaughan ... Maureen (uncredited)
Joanna Vogel ... Pretty Girl in Library (uncredited)

George Woodbridge ... Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Gilliat 
Writing credits
Bryan Forbes (screenplay)

Kingsley Amis (novel "That Uncertain Feeling")

Produced by
Leslie Gilliat .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thelma Connell 
Casting by
Paul Sheridan 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
Set Decoration by
Robert Cartwright (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Pellatt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
Ernie Lewis .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Alan Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Terry Parr .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Janet Davidson .... dubbing editor
Janet Davidson .... dubbing mixer
Red Law .... sound recordist
Cecil Mason .... sound recordist
Derek Kavanagh .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Smart .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Stilwell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel Dickson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Hart .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Sinfonia of London .... music performers
Other crew
Sidney Gilliat .... presenter
Frank Launder .... presenter
Lee Turner .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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106 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

The sequence in which the Peter Sellers character reviews a local drama production without seeing it, unaware that a fire at the theatre has caused the performance to be abandoned, is inspired by a real-life incident in the journalistic career of Dylan Thomas.See more »
Errors in geography: A bus leaves the top of Swansea (Town Hill Area) to travel direct into Swansea ( 2 Miles) But goes through the Town pf Llanelli which is 10 Miles away towards the west of Wales.See more »
[first lines]
Pretty Girl in Library:Good morning. Have you "Conditioned Reflexes"?
John Lewis:Uh...
Pretty Girl in Library:It's by Pavlov.
John Lewis:Yes... It's out at the moment but if you'd like to leave your name, I could reserve it for you.
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Movie Connections:
References Now, Voyager (1942)See more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Peter Sellers in one of his more serious characterizations, 18 May 2007
Author: Tony Patriarche from Victoria, BC, Canada

I was not surprised to see that this movie was based on the black humour of Kingsley Amis. Do not expect from Sellers the slapstick farce of the Pink Panther days or the sparkling multiple personalities of the "Mouse that Roared" or the radio Goon shows. Instead, here is a believable person whose comedy arises from his all-too-human reaction to the situation in which he finds himself.

The "usual suspects" put up fine character performances, there are funny moments enough. If the movie is not quite the comic equal of "I'm All Right Jack", or other Sellers movies of the early 60s, perhaps it is because the comedy and its resolution are a little too conventional to show Sellers at his best. It is still worth watching to see Sellers at his best as a serious actor.

As another comment mentioned, the black-&-white filming is also just right for the subject.

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