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Top of the Form (1953)

Some trouble with gambling forces con man Fortescue to hide out in a boys' school, posing as a professor. When the undisciplined and lazy boys have to pass a few tests, cheating becomes the... See full summary »

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John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay), Sid Colin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... 'Professor' Fortescue
Harry Fowler ... Albert
Anthony Newley ... Percy
Alfie Bass ... Artie Jones
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Bagshot
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dickson
Richard Wattis ... Willoughby-Gore
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Pugley
Jacqueline Pierreux ... Ivette
Roland Curram ... Terence
Terence Mitchell Terence Mitchell ... Clarence
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Septimus
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... The Dean
Martin Benson ... Cliquot
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Danny Green ... Bookies thug
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Some trouble with gambling forces con man Fortescue to hide out in a boys' school, posing as a professor. When the undisciplined and lazy boys have to pass a few tests, cheating becomes the only option. Written by Lars Skogan

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school | mistaken identity | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gi' den gas, professor See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

'Professor' Fortescue: You're going to pass this examination by 'ook or by crook.
Albert: We'll do it by crook - it's easier...
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Connections

Remake of Good Morning, Boys (1937) See more »

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Oddball English comedy
22 February 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

Quite a funny film at times, though maybe it's just so silly that it becomes funny. The first bit that will have you laughing is when Fortescue, who has a nose like Arthur Treacher, but isn't *actually* Arthur Treacher, escapes from the men chasing him by climbing over a wall, and landing in a Professor's garden party type of thing. The bonus? He's dressed like a professor himself, so the other men have an interesting time trying to find him. Fortescue manages to bluff that he's a Professor from an Australian university, and what do you know - ends up with a job as a teacher. The boys run him through the mill as good as they would any new teacher, until finally the board of education cottons on that none of them seem to be learning anything, and tells them they have to sit for some exams and pass with flying colours, or the school may be closed down. Some quick thinking - and cheating - ends up winning the young scholars a trip to France, and this is where the fun really begins, as one of the boy's brother has recently escaped from jail and wants to steal a necklace which just happens to be in the Paris museum...

It may sound stupid, but trust me, it's funny. And young Anthony Newley is a treat to watch as a cheeky school boy!


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