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Nothing But the Best (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  13 July 1964 (USA)
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Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Brewster
Charlie Prince
Mr. Horton
Ann Horton
Pauline Delaney ...
Mrs. March (as Pauline Delany)
Godfrey Quigley ...
Alison Leggatt ...
Mrs. Brewster
Lucinda Curtis ...
James Villiers ...
Drewe Henley ...
Avice Landone ...
Mrs. Horton (as Avice Landon)
Ernest Clark ...
William Rushton ...
Peter Madden ...


Success has James Brewster's name written all over it, and he also has his heart set on his boss's daughter. A con artist hires him to help out on a bank scheme, but then again, James will do anything to get rich and be the most successful businessman in Britian-even if it means murder!!! Written by Anonymous

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It purrs like a Rolls Royce... It pleasures like bubbly champagne...




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George Waring replaced James Grout. See more »


Jimmy Brewster: Let's face it. It's a rotten, stinking world. But there are some smashing things in it - and I want them!
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Nothing But The Best
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyric by Frederic Raphael
Sung by Millicent Martin
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an outstanding black comedy
1 July 2002 | by (Winchester, Mass.) – See all my reviews

Although this film appears on TV only rarely, I remember almost everything about it from my most recent of several viewings 10 years ago. A young Alan Bates plays an ambitious but lower middle-class clerk in a posh and stuffy London commercial real estate firm. Doomed to menial work by his low class, Bates encounters a poor and alcoholic -- but decidedly upper class -- Denholm Elliot, and makes him a proposition: free room and board and booze money in exchange for lessons on how to dress, talk and act like a proper "Public School" upper-class chap able to socialize with the ruling classes and thus climb the ladder of success. As his lessons progress, apt pupil Bates becomes more and more involved in the lifestyle of his betters, and romantically involved with a beautiful blonde to the manor born. When Denholm Elliot decides to move on with his life and take back his Saville Row suit, gold half-hunter watch and other accoutrements lent to Bates, there's only one thing for Bates to do: murder poor Denholm (and then roger their suspicious but lustful landlady to buy her silence). Things get REALLY fun from here on in, and the question is, will Alan Bates will get caught, or will he get the girl, the partnership position, the Rolls Royce and the country manor? Witty, well-acted, fast-paced, one of the best, most sparkling British comedies of the 60s, and well worth lobbying for to be released on video or DVD!

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