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The Punch and Judy Man (1963)

 -  Comedy  -  8 April 1963 (UK)
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Dark comedy about a seaside Punch & Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala... See full summary »

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Tony Hancock ...
Wally Pinner
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Delia Pinner
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Mayor Palmer
Barbara Murray ...
Lady Jane Caterham
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Master of Ceremonies
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Committee Man
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Landlord
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Bar Tender
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Ice Cream Assistant
Norman Chappell ...
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Committee Man
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Nevil Shanks
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Girl in seaside kiosk
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Dark comedy about a seaside Punch & Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Music by Georges Bizet
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Sad, strange little film is a must for Hancock buffs.
27 November 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A more serious effort from the star of the classic sitcom "Hancock's Half Hour". The boastful exuberance of his radio and TV days has been toned down.

Roundly panned at the time of release, the film looks better (though not perfect) today. "The Punch And Judy Man" sometimes stumbles in its attempts to play off scenes of gentle whimsy with those designed to show the lead character's life of quiet desperation, but the attempt to place Hancock's familiar persona in a more realistic (even somewhat grim) setting will be of interest to devotees of the lad from East Cheam.


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