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Press for Time (1966)

Norman is quite happy selling newspapers outside Westminster station but his Grandfather (the Prime Minister) wants to get him "a more responsible job". A few favours are called in and ... See full summary »

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Norman Shields / Emily, his mother / Wilfred, his grandfather (the P.M.)
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Maj. R.E. Bartlett
Angela Browne ...
Eleanor Lampton
Tracey Crisp ...
Ruby Fairchild
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Mr. Ballard (Attorney General)
Noel Dyson ...
Mrs. Corcoran (the lady mayor)
Derek Francis ...
Ernest Corcoran (alderman)
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Robin Willobey (photographer)
David Lodge ...
Mr. Ross (editor, 'Tinmouth Times')
Stanley Unwin ...
Mr. Nottage (Town Clerk)
Frances White ...
Liz Corcoran
Michael Balfour ...
Sewerman
Tony Selby ...
Harry Marshall (reporter, 'County Chronicle')
Michael Bilton
Norman Pitt
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Norman is quite happy selling newspapers outside Westminster station but his Grandfather (the Prime Minister) wants to get him "a more responsible job". A few favours are called in and Norman becomes the newest reporter at the seaside town of Tinmouth. After causing chaos at a local council meeting and causing the demolition of a new house he tries to organise a beauty pageant. A slapstick tale of corruption in high and low places. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Norman's a newspaper reporter - in his funniest film yet!

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8 December 1966 (UK)  »

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Late Wisdom film missing his early comedy appeal
13 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Norman Wisdom plays three roles in "Press for Time," although two are very brief. He sells newspapers and is the grandson of the prime minister of England. His mom and granddad (in his other roles) want Norman Shields to do better. So, granddad leans on a political crony to get him a job on a newspaper the crony owns. It's located in Tinmouth (actual Teignmouth), along the English Coast.

Others have noted that in this late film in Wisdom's career, his character seems to have lost its innocence. He still has crazy antics, but they are missing the playfulness and humor of his earlier escapades. His humor with the mix of local politics doesn't come off as funny. But, there still are some laughs in this film. Stanley Unwin as the town clerk, Mr. Nottage, is very funny in his garbled talk.

This is one of the lesser Wisdom comedy films. Die-hard fans will enjoy it. Those not familiar with Wisdom would better watch another film to appreciate Wisdom's humor and energetic talent for comedy. "On the Beat," "A Stitch in Time," or "The Bulldog Breed," are all first-rate comedies.


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