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The Early Bird (1965)

 -  Comedy  -  9 April 1966 (Denmark)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Edward Chapman ...
Jerry Desmonde ...
Mr. Hunter
Paddie O'Neil ...
Gladwys Hoskins
Bryan Pringle ...
Austin
Richard Vernon ...
Sir Roger Wedgewood
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Colonel Foster (golf partner)
Peter Jeffrey ...
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
Imogen Hassall ...
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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9 April 1966 (Denmark)  »

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A botellazo limpio  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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The game of golf with Jerry Desmonde is a reprise of the variety act Desmonde used to do as 'straight man' to Sid Field. 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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THE EARLY BIRD (Robert Asher, 1965) **
25 August 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Norman Wisdom's first film in color is, alas, one of his lesser vehicles; this time around, he's a milkman with Edward Chapman's modest firm (he is its only employer and even lives with his boss!) which is being run out of business by a big corporation that has, as its manager, the ubiquitous (and, by now, quite aged) Jerry Desmonde. Despite some good moments - an amusing but protracted opening gag involving Norman's elaborate waking methods, the star's Western-style showdown with a competitor, the utilization of his milk-bottles as weapons in a domestic squabble and Norman's demolition of Desmonde's garden - the film bogs down soon enough with a recurrent subplot about Chapman's tentative romance with his chubby middle-aged landlady (which is constantly interrupted by Norman bursting into their room) and the star's sentimental attachment to an old cart-horse (and whom the competition even contrive to poison in order to get them out of the way!). Besides, two extended set-pieces - one with Norman dressed as a priest disrupting Desmonde's golf game with John Le Mesurier, and his stint as a fireman (targeting Desmonde's entire office block) and featuring a young Peter Jeffrey as the fire chief - tend to fall flat on their faces rather than provide the intended hilarity!


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