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The Punch and Judy Man (1963)

Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and 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.

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Delia Pinner
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Lady Jane Caterham
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The Sandman
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Master of Ceremonies
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Committee Man
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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 and 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.

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Sylvia Syms replaced Billie Whitelaw. See more »

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better than the Rebel? maybe
1 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am still trying to decide which one I like the most - this one certainly made me laugh out loud more than once - the scene in the ice-cream parlour is a brilliant example of comic timing at its best, the illuminations going wrong has that bizarre inevitability that all spectators know and love - but, yes, it is a strange and ultimately sad little film. And for that, with its well-observed little cameos and support parts, and its little gems of scenes, it just scores over Tony's other film. If you like The Rebel and the half-hours you'll probably like this cos you're won over already. This one just stands on its own and is all the better for it. It's also an interesting snapshot of a more innocent Britain which has gone for good, and it's very well done.


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