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This pastry does not rise
7 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tons of Trouble stars Richard Hearne as his well known Mr Pastry character which was a staple on television in the 1950s and early 1960s.

In this film version, Mr Pastry is a kindly but haphazard caretaker in a block of flats looking after two old boilers which need much attention. There is also a subplot where a car crashes and the driver wants Mr Pastry to deliver a message which the police are interested in.

Wily milkman William Hartnell is after the caretaker's job for some reason, presumably assuming this is a cushy number. He eventually gets Mr Pastry fired and gets his job but finds out the keeping the boilers going is harder than he imagined.

The film has short comic interludes with Mr Pastry getting people to laugh silly by use of some portion or pushing a maid in the bath.

The version of the film I saw claimed to have been spruced up. The picture quality was poor and the sound was almost inaudible. There was nothing amusing about Mr Pastry's antics.

I have heard about this character for decades and have seen snippets of him before. Just because people were glued to the television set once upon a time when he appeared does not make it any good. To think that the bumbling Mr Pastry persona was once considered for the role of Doctor Who shows how much of a bullet the sci-fi series managed to dodge.


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