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One Way Pendulum (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  August 1964 (UK)
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Complete credited cast:
George Cole ...
Julia Foster ...
Jonathan Miller ...
Peggy Mount ...
Alison Leggatt ...
Mona Washbourne ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
Judge / Maintenance Man
Glyn Houston ...
Prosecuting Counsel / Caretaker
Kenneth Farrington ...
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Clerk of the Court / Drycleaner's Assistant
Frederick Piper ...
Usher / Office Clerk
Vincent Harding ...
Policeman / Bus Conductor
Tommy Bruce ...
Gormless (voice)


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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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One of the oddest films I've ever seen.
13 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this weird film in the early 70's and was aghast at its strangeness. A father (Eric Sykes) who is obsessed with the Old Bailey and is building a replica in his front room, a son who nicks 'speak your weight' machines and adjusts their innards so they sing together like a choir ('fifteen stone, ten pounds!') and an attractive young daughter who thinks she looks like a monkey. Add in a live-in Aunt who thinks she's waiting for a train and Mrs Gantry (the wonderful Peggy Mount) who 'pops in' to eat leftover food (a service for which she makes a charge) and we have what could be a very disturbing film if it wasn't so funny. And although we laugh at the 'funny' bits, we shake our heads and mutter 'what?'. This film's screenplay must be the product of a disturbed mind, but it is so well done by the cast and director that it works brilliantly. We have a VHS recording of this, made from a 1980's TV showing - I really must dig it out!

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