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Postman's Knock (1962)

| Comedy | March 1962 (UK)
Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Harold Petts
P.C. Woods (as John Woods)
Archie Duncan ...
Lance Percival ...
Arthur Mullard ...
John Bennett ...
Mr. Fordyce
Miles Malleson ...
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Postman (as Wilfred Lawson)
Mario Fabrizi ...
Bob Todd ...
District Superintendent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Wilson


Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he is thought to be a member of another gang by both the train robbers and the police, who all suspect him of trying to rob the post office where he works. Petts however gains notoriety in the post office by his ability to outperform the new mechanization which the sorting office has recently installed. Harold becomes a hero when he thwarts the robbers once more when they attempt to steal a mail-bag containing used bank notes which are being returned for destruction. As his reward, Harold gets promoted back to his home village as Postmaster. Written by Steve Smith <sp.smith@virgin.net>

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A postás kopogása  »

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Postman's Knock
Music by Ron Goodwin
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Genuinely funny comedy with much to recommend.
19 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Goon show alumnus Spike Milligan is the driving force in Postman's Knock, a genuinely funny comedy chock full of witty dialogue, wonderful sight gags and top drawer performances from the veteran cast.Milligan plays rural postman Harold Petts,who is transferred one day to big city London. Harold unwittingly foils an attempted robbery on his first day on the job and draws the attention of a dim witted police sergeant and his equally thick headed subordinate, nicely played by John Wood, who believe he's one of the gang of robbers. The robbers for their part, think Harold is a member of a rival gang: comedy ensues. Spike Milligan's very low key performance in this film is one of its strengths. Milligan, without trying very hard, is funny. With all that comic energy in play, Postman's Knock could have gone off the rails. As it is, the rest of the cast matches his comic charm, especially character actors Warren Mitchell, who plays the gang leader and Miles Malleson as the nutty psychiatrist. Unlike some British films of the period,Postman's Knock is played broadly enough to satisfy non English audiences.It also features an incredibly catchy title tune by Ron Goodwin.I really enjoyed this film.

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