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Mister Ten Per Cent (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | March 1967 (UK)
Percy Pointer's passion in life is the theatre, and all his spare time is devoted to the play he is writing.When it's finished it arrives on the desk of a London impresario, at a time when he wants to stage a flop.

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Percy Pointer
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Tony
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Kathy
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Jocelyn Macauley
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Casey
Noel Dyson ...
Mrs. Gorman
John Hewer ...
Townsend
Anthony Gardner ...
Claude Crepe
Ronald Radd ...
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Scotsman
Colin Douglas ...
Policeman
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Muriel
Justine Lord ...
Lady Dorothea
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Lord Edward
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Lady Dorothea
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Percy Pointer's passion in life is the theatre, and all his spare time is devoted to the play he is writing.When it's finished it arrives on the desk of a London impresario, at a time when he wants to stage a flop.

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Oh My Lord
23 June 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Percy is a construction worker and amateur dramatist who dreams of having his (dreadful) play 'Oh My Lord' performed in the West End. An unscrupulous producer agrees to put the play on hoping it will fail and claim on the insurance. However the play is an unexpected hit with audiences falling about at the unintended humour. Percy is devastated and tries to sabotague the production despite him owing everyone 10 per cent of the takings (hence the title).

Does this sound familier? It should do as it is almost the same plot used (albeit to much better effect and much funnier) two years later in Mel Brookes classic 'The Producers'.

Charlie Drake, who plays Percy was a very popular slapstick comedian in Britain during the 50's and 60's. Like many other British comedians, (eg, Norman Wisdom, Morcambe and Wise), the films he made were never really any good at demonstrating his real comedic talent.

'Mr Ten Per Cent' was one of Charlie's later films and seems to forget at times that it's meant to be a comedy. We're supposed to feel sorry for little Percy as he's been hard done by but the only thought going through my mind was 'get on with it!'. By far the best part is near the end when Percy tries to ruin the production, but that in turn is almost ruined when Percy gives a sentimental speech to the audience.


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