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Writers:
Frank Harvey (original story) &
John Boulting (original story) ...
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Release Date:
23 May 1963 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Great fun with an abundance of acting talent! See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ... Archdeacon Aspinall

Isabel Jeans ... Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ... The Other Smallwood

Bernard Miles ... Simpson

Brock Peters ... Matthew

Eric Sykes ... Harry Smith
Irene Handl ... Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ... Winnie Smith
Joan Miller ... Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ... Rockeby
Eric Barker ... Bank Manager

William Hartnell ... Major Fowler

Roy Kinnear ... Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ... Housewife
Kenneth Griffith ... Rev. Owen Thomas
Mark Eden ... Sir Geoffrey Despard
John Comer ... Butcher
Basil Dignam ... Prisoner Governor
Franklyn Engelman ... TV Commentator
Colin Gordon ... Prime Minister
Geoffrey Hibbert ... Council Official
Joan Heal ... Disgruntled Housewife
Ludovic Kennedy ... Himself
Marjie Lawrence ... Quarrelling Housewife (as Margery Lawrence)
Harry Locke ... Shop Steward
Henry B. Longhurst ... Deaf Gentleman (as Henry Longhurst)
Joan Matheson ... Cast Member
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Cleric
Derek Nimmo ... Director-General's Assistant
Conrad Phillips ... P.R.O.
Nicholas Phipps ... Director-General
Cardew Robinson ... Tramp
Gerald Sim ... Self-Service Store Manager
Olive Sloane ... Quarreling Housewife
Marianne Stone ... Miss Palmer
Elsie Wagstaff ... Lady on Parish Church Council
Thorley Walters ... Tranquilax Executive
Ian Wilson ... Salvation Army Major
George Woodbridge ... Bishop
Josephine Woodford ... Doris Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronald Adam ... Cabinet Minister #1 (uncredited)
Rodney Bewes ... Milkfloat Driver (uncredited)
Tim Brinton ... TV Commentator (uncredited)
Peggy Ann Clifford ... Bit Part, Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Ed Devereaux ... Communications Officer (uncredited)
John Glyn-Jones ... Professor (uncredited)
Nora Gordon ... Old lady in garden (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ... Angry Man in Crowd Scene (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Wilson, Prison Officer (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... Doris' Boy Friend (uncredited)
Rose Hill ... Woman (uncredited)
John Junkin ... Reporter at Space Launch Site (uncredited)
Barry Keegan ... Angry Man in Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey ... Molly (uncredited)
Louis Mansi ... Man Buying Groceries (uncredited)
Steve Marriott ... Jack (uncredited)
Richard McNeff ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Billy Milton ... Fellowes (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Cast Member (uncredited)
Howard Pays ... Astronaut (uncredited)
Guy Kingsley Poynter ... American commentator (uncredited)
Frank Sieman ... Baptist - Food Queue (uncredited)
Keith Smith ... Leslie Hughes (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske ... Lady at Church Door (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Bit Part, Cabinet Office (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Protester (uncredited)
Gilbert Wynne ... Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boulting 
Roy Boulting 
 
Writing credits
Frank Harvey (original story) &
John Boulting (original story)

Frank Harvey (screenplay) &
John Boulting (screenplay)

Malcolm Muggeridge (idea)

Produced by
John Boulting .... producer
Roy Boulting .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum (director of photography) (as Max Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Teddy Darvas 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
 
Costume Design by
David Ffolkes 
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Michael F. Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Henry Emery .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Malcolm Johnson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Cartwright .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Childs .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Roy Walker .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... dubbing mixer
George Stephenson .... sound recordist (as George Stevenson)
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
David Lenham .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Brian Marshall .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Brian Paxton .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Vorke Scarlett .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Ernest Webb .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
John Mackey .... model photography (uncredited)
John Mackey .... travelling matte (uncredited)
George Samuels .... model photography (uncredited)
George Samuels .... travelling matte (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... model photography (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... travelling matte (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Gerry Elliott .... focus puller (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ray Sieman .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Garlic .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
John Poyner .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
David Woodward .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Olga Brook .... continuity
Harold Ironmonger .... consultant (as Rev. Harold Ironmonger)
Theo Richmond .... personal assistant to producer
Derek Robbins .... publicist (uncredited)
Dee Vaughan .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
118 min | USA:105 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2006)

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Trivia:
At one point when Rev. Smallwood (Sellers) is preaching from the pulpit, a young boy is seen in the foreground reading a copy of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". Sellers played Quilty in Stanley Kubrick's film version of that book.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: One of Lady Despard's dogs relieves itself against Smallwood's boot, as he is refused admission by Simpson the butler. A small puddle is left on a flagstone. From a different angle Smallwood is then seen wiping one boot against the other. There is though no puddle.See more »
Quotes:
Simpson:Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
From Here To EternitySee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Great fun with an abundance of acting talent!, 5 February 2005
Author: Stargazer59 from United Kingdom

This film is great fun, well written and well acted. While the ending is unexpected, if you haven't seen it before, it is difficult to know how all the issues could've been resolved in any other way except as unresolved as it is here! They did the same thing to John Steed in the very last episode of The Avengers, appropriately titled "Bizarre", some six years later! That episode featured Roy Kinnear as the marvellously named Bagpipes Happychap who also features here amongst a wealth of famous faces including the original Doctor Who, William Hartnell, in the year that he took that role. Again, considering the ending, that too seems appropriate now and brought a wry smile to this viewer's face especially as another of the film's cast, Mark Eden, also appeared, in the title role of "Marco Polo", opposite Hartnell in that series!!! Peter Sellars is on fine form as the hopelessly idealistic new vicar as is Eric Sykes as a chain smoking butcher! Best of all is the plethora of verbal and visual irony which should be enough to keep any discerning viewer entertained!!!

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