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It's That Man Again (1943)

Con man local mayor gambles municipal treasury in a poker game and wins a broken down theatre.

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Ted Kavanagh (radio series), Ted Kavanagh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tommy Handley Tommy Handley ... Mayor Handley
Greta Gynt ... Stella Ferris
Jack Train Jack Train ... Lefty / Funf
Sydney Keith Sydney Keith ... Sam Scram
Horace Percival Horace Percival ... Alley-Oop / Cecil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bailey Claude Bailey ... C.B. Cato
Franklyn Bennett Franklyn Bennett ... Hilary Craven (as Franklin Bennett)
Vera Frances Vera Frances ... Daisy
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Signor Soso
Richard George Richard George ... Uncle Percy
Jean Kent ... Kitty
Leonard Sharp Leonard Sharp ... Claude (as Leonard Sharpe)
Dorothy Summers Dorothy Summers ... Mrs. Mopp
Clarence Wright Clarence Wright ... Clarence
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Con man local mayor gambles municipal treasury in a poker game and wins a broken down theatre.

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mayor | theater | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Otra vez aquel hombre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA premiere when it was telecast in New York City Thursday 13 September 1951 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the credit for Jack Train in the opening credits, the remainder of the cast are preceded by 'and the Itma Company playing their radio characters'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The World's End (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Mr. Crosby
(uncredited)
Music by Hans May
Lyrics by Alan Stranks
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Radio is not film is not TV. Interesting record of a great artist...
2 December 2016 | by r_catonSee all my reviews

Tommy Handley was supremely talented in rapid fire delivery and in making scripted humour sound spontaneous. Listening to his work on the Radio in ITMA or his work on record with Ronald Frankau (Murgatroyd and Winterbottom, or in earlier days North and South) you will marvel at the sheer speed of delivery matched to clarity of diction. He was a broadcast comedian who had started with the BBC as early as 1922 but it was with ITMA that he truly became a national icon. The problem with ITMA is that like most really good comedy it was very topical and what was recognised in 1943 might need research by 1948 to even understand. When translated to film radio comedy is doubly hampered by the need for a plot which a show that depended on catchphrases fast delivery and topical humour simply didn't need on its home turf. This applies to most radio comedy, as has been remarked on with the Goons, and films like Bandwaggon (where Big and Stinker... Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch.... end up running a pirate TV station). Yet ITMA holds up. Handley's character as the rascally mayor of Foaming at the Mouth is a joy to watch as he keeps extracting himself from trouble only to get caught with his own trick at the very end of the film. Don't like ancient radio comedy actors? Go watch something modern! But comparing the verbal dexterity of Tommy Handley to the slapstick antics of the Three Stooges? That's like comparing steak to sea bass... both delicious but nothing like each other.


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