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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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Edward Chapman ...
Jerry Desmonde ...
Mr. Hunter
Paddie O'Neil ...
Gladwys Hoskins
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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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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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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 *****


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