7.5/10
75
5 user 3 critic

The Comedy Man (1964)

Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Heather Thatcher, Noel Purcell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sid Gibson is a soap powder salesman who decides what he really needs is TV advertising. The problem is, he's absolutely broke. He calls upon his friend Arthur Ashton, who arranges to sneak... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Arthur Askey, Sidney James, Dermot Walsh
Remember Me (TV Movie 1985)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman recently returned to work is contacted by her former husband who has been in a mental institution. She is torn between her still strong desire for him, and her fear, which comes ... See full summary »

Director: Lex Marinos
Stars: Wendy Hughes, Jenny Ellis, Jack Ellis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Chick Byrd
...
Thomas Rutherford
...
Tommy Morris
...
Judy
...
Theodore Littleton
Angela Douglas ...
Fay Trubshaw
...
Julian Baxter
...
Prout
Alan Dobie ...
Jack Lavery
J.G. Devlin ...
Gus Sloppitt
Valerie Croft ...
Yvonne (as The Croft Twins)
Leila Croft ...
Pauline (as The Croft Twins)
Gerald Campion ...
Gerry
...
Sandy Lavery
Harold Goodwin ...
Second Assistant Director
Edit

Storyline

Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some men stay 25 all their lives

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 1965 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A színész  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many critics noted that the character Edmund Purdom plays - a small-time actor who gets cast in the lead in a Hollywood epic and becomes a star overnight - bore a resemblance to Purdom himself. He went from obscurity to fame in 1954 when he took on the title role in "The Egyptian" as a late replacement for Marlon Brando, and slipped from fame almost at once when the film proved a costly flop. See more »

Goofs

During the party when Chick sees Tommy chatting up Fay, he is not smoking, but in a wide shot, he's taking a cigarette from his mouth. He's also holding a glass of wine which disappears in his close-up. See more »

Soundtracks

An Actor's Life For Me
(uncredited)
Written by Brian Fahey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fascinating show-biz drama
25 February 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

"The Comedy Man" is a drama (with some comedy) about a struggling actor named Chick Byrd in swinging London. This is one of the most accurate depictions of the grotty underside of showbiz. The film is very realistic, sometimes depressingly so. Byrd dreams of stardom, but he lives in a cheap bedsit and collects dole cheques. He can't get a "real" job because he's always making the rounds of casting calls. Byrd is played by Kenneth More, a dramatic actor with comedy experience, who gives an excellent performance here. Billie Whitelaw is excellent too. I won't divulge the movie's ending, except to say that it's unexpected yet very plausible. Watch for a very large man in a very small role: the gigantic union steward wearing a Red Indian war bonnet is played by Freddie Mills. He was Britain's heavyweight champion who tried to parlay his boxing fame into an acting career, but his large size typecast him in Richard Kiel-type roles. I recommend this film.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?