MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,599 this week

The Early Bird (1965)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 701 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 694 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 3854 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 757 titles
created 29 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 29 Sep 2013
 
a list of 3094 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Early Bird" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Early Bird (1965)

The Early Bird (1965) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Early Bird.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Honor Blackman, Edward Chapman
On the Beat (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Norman is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always !!), he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Moira Lister, Megs Jenkins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An accident in the butchers shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal ammount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jeanette Sterke
Follow a Star (1959)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Norman Truscott is a store worker who dreams of stardom. Vernon Carew is a singer who's star is fading. Vernon manages to get a recording of Norman singing and passes it off as himself.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, June Laverick, Jerry Desmonde
One Good Turn (1955)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Lana Morris, Belinda Lee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A friendly window cleaner works at an English country estate where he saves the owner's son from kidnappers.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Maureen Swanson, Jerry Desmonde
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man refuses to believe that pilot error caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor
Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie 1967)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Androcles, the simple-hearted Christian tailor whose friendship with a lion saves himself and his friends from martyrdom in the Roman Colosseum.

Director: Joe Layton
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Noel Coward, Ed Ames
Nobody Is Norman Wisdom (TV Series 1973)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Priscilla Morgan, Natalie Kent
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Edward Chapman ...
Jerry Desmonde ...
Mr. Hunter
Paddie O'Neil ...
Gladwys Hoskins
Bryan Pringle ...
Austin
Richard Vernon ...
Sir Roger Wedgewood
...
Colonel Foster (golf partner)
Peter Jeffrey ...
Fire Chief
Penny Morrell ...
Miss Curry
Marjie Lawrence ...
Woman in Negligee
...
Drunken Doctor
Dandy Nichols ...
Woman Flooded by Milk
Harry Locke ...
Commissionaire
Michael Bilton ...
Nervous Man
Imogen Hassall ...
Sir Roger's Secretary
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His LATEST and FUNNIEST and FIRST TIME in COLOUR

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 December 1965 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A botellazo limpio  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film of Imogen Hassall. See more »

Quotes

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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bostock's Cup (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mr Grimsdale !!!!!
27 May 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

'The Early Bird' just has to be THE Norman Wisdom film. From the marvellous opening sequence, to the finale, there is not a single dull moment. Of all of his films, this has to be his most popular.

Norman plays a milkman for a local town dairy, his boss is the laid-back Mr. Grimsdale, superbly played by Edward Chapman. However, a large corporate dairy starts to muscle in on their patch, and Norman is soon pitted against a sneaky and unscrupulous Austin (Bryan Pringle). The laughs are soon flowing thick and fast as war develops.

In many ways this film symbolises the changing times of the '60s when the pace of life speeded up, aptly summarised by the quote 'You can't impede the wheels of progress' from the film. As always, Norman manages to save the day, and dispense his particular brand of common sense. In this film, though, his victory is more by default than judgement.

The film contains many classic moments, the sick horse, the apples, the 'shootout', the golf, the fire, and many more.

Finally, I have often wondered if Benny Hill got his inspiration for 'Ernie' from this film?

Definitely **** out of *****


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Early Bird (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?