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The Early Bird (1965)

Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the ... See full summary »

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Jerry Desmonde ...
Mr. Hunter
Paddie O'Neil ...
Gladwys Hoskins
Bryan Pringle ...
Austin
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Sir Roger Wedgewood
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Colonel Foster (golf partner)
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Fire Chief
Penny Morrell ...
Miss Curry
Marjie Lawrence ...
Woman in Negligee
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Drunken Doctor
Dandy Nichols ...
Woman Flooded by Milk
Harry Locke ...
Commissionaire
Michael Bilton ...
Nervous Man
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Sir Roger's Secretary
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Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the usual chaos ensues. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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His LATEST and FUNNIEST and FIRST TIME in COLOUR

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24 December 1965 (Ireland)  »

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A botellazo limpio  »

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The last film of Jerry Desmonde. See more »

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Mr. Grimsdale: Besides, we're beaten Pitkin. Consolidated's too big.
Norman Pitkin: Oh. You was at Dunkirk, weren't you Mr Grimsdale? I wonder what would have happened if you'd given up then.
Mr. Grimsdale: You're right Pitkin. We'll fight them, to the last half pint of milk!
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Sir Norman's best movie?
8 May 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

As a child I grew up with the movies of Norman Wisdom constantly showing on the TV. I watched them avidly. Sadly, as I grew older and more cynical, their flaws became noticeable. The unattainable girl, the sledgehammer pathos, which at times threatens to sink his movies, all these faults and more, became sadly apparent to my more cynical eyes (perhaps that says more about me as a person, then it does about Sir Norman's films).

Yet despite all this, I still have a soft spot for old Norman (and it's not the Grimpon Mire!) and have fond memories of this, possibly his best movie. While there is still pathos (regarding his horse) it's thankfully present in very small doses. Even better, there is no love interest (or rather, no unrequited love interest). Instead we are given a very nice plot about a small, out-of-date diary, threatened by a huge, modern conglomerate, almost Ealing-like in its structure.

The highlight is the opening twenty minutes or so, a near silent sequence where Norman and the ever-present Mr Grimsdale, struggle to get up while still half asleep. Some of the falls look very painful to me, but it remains a very well executed set piece.

Adding to the fun is a very memorable score by Ron Grainer, which you can't help humming after listening to it!

The only downside to this movie is a redundant golfing sequence, in which Sir Norman causes chaos dressed as a vicar! It quickly wears out it's welcome and seems to me to be a bit out-of place, feeling like something added at the last moment to pad out the film.


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