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Man of the Moment (1955)

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

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Maurice Cowan (original story), Vernon Sylvaine (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Lana Morris ... Penny
Belinda Lee ... Sonia
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Jackson
Karel Stepanek ... Lom
Garry Marsh ... British Delegate
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... King of Tawaki
Evelyn Roberts Evelyn Roberts ... Sir Horace
Violet Farebrother ... Queen of Tawaki
Martin Miller ... Swiss Tailor
Eugene Deckers ... Day Lift Man
Hugh Morton Hugh Morton ... Mitchell
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... British Delegate
Lisa Gastoni ... Chambermaid
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Enrico
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Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 November 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich und der Herr Minister See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons,living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

References The Grove Family (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream For Sale
By Arthur Groves and Peter Carroll
Performed by Norman Wisdom (uncredited)
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Highly entertaining
16 July 2003 | by heebie_jeebiesSee all my reviews

Norman, a well-intentioned but clumsy and simple filing clerk in the British Civil Service is taken to Geneva with the British delegation of an international conference. When one of the delegates falls ill, Norman stands in for him and accidentally vetos a British and US endorsed plan to set up an experimentation base near the unspoilt island of Tawaki. He is thrown off the delegation, but his move earns him the respect of the Queen of Tawaki, so when the British attempt to reopen negotiations with her, they must fawn over Norman in order to use him as an instrument of negotiation.

The first twenty minutes of this film are very funny - a mad mixture of misunderstandings, caricatures (including a camp photographer) and well executed visual humour. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as funny - once the delegation arrives in Geneva, the humour is subordinated to the plot. Nevertheless, the plot is sufficiently interesting and there are still enough jokes to make this film enjoyable throughout. The humour comes mostly from Norman's childishness and his tendency to cause disasters wherever he goes. It's good fun, even though most of the film is not laugh-out-loud funny. However, there are a few stand out scenes, including the very funny tailor scene. There are three songs in the film, which I thought were unnecessary.

Norman Wisdom gives a good performance as the naive simpleton Norman. It is his performance that makes the film - none of the other cast members particularly impressed me (perhaps because I'm not familiar with many of them.) They were all good nevertheless, but Wisdom is the definite star of this film. Charles Hawtrey's role is sadly only a cameo and isn't particularly funny. A highly entertaining film which ought to be more famous.


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