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Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)

About a henpecked bank clerk who lives a dreary existence in suburban London. After a mix-up at a music hall, he finds himself onstage with ambiguously foreign magician Mendoza, who hypnotizes him into losing all of his inhibitions.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Vernon Sylvaine (play), Vernon Sylvaine (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Cole ... Henry Sterling
Veronica Hurst Veronica Hurst ... Florence Sterling
Heather Thatcher ... Mrs. Whittle
Jon Pertwee ... Charley Sterling
James Hayter ... Dr. Smith
William Hartnell ... Detective Inspector Martin
Sidney James ... Mr. Hobson
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Angel
Joan Sims ... Beryl
Brian Oulton ... Mr. Jackson
Alan Badel ... The Great Mendoza
Wilfred Boyle Wilfred Boyle ... Albert Boyle
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Mr. Billing
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Honey
Josephine Douglas Josephine Douglas ... Doctor's Receptionist
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About a henpecked bank clerk who lives a dreary existence in suburban London. After a mix-up at a music hall, he finds himself onstage with ambiguously foreign magician Mendoza, who hypnotizes him into losing all of his inhibitions.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erittäin vaarallista See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Alfred Marks, he, Peter Sellers, and Spike Milligan all read for the part of the Great Mendoza. See more »

Connections

Version of Brian Rix Presents ...: Will Any Gentleman (1961) See more »

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Mona
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Music by Joyce Cochrane
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
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Misses the bullseye but still good fun
13 February 2012 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

While this film version of a then popular stage show never quite gathers the momentum to be a full success, it's likable and fitfully amusing.

The biggest weakness is how the key plot function of George Cole's character turns from a meek bank clerk to an unstoppable force of nature in an instant. There's no trigger for this to occur so it seems like it only exists when it's convenient for the plot and therefore feels contrived and forced. As a lot of humour and narrative is reliant on this, it's a significant problem for the film.

Still, after a slow start the film becomes increasingly fun. This is mainly due to an excellent cast. Cole is good, but some of the supporting performances are even better. Joan Sims is a delight as Cole's maid and Alan Badel - completely unrecognisable from his usual upper- class persona - is a delight as the hypnotist who begins all of Cole's problems.

Worth a look.


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