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The Bespoke Overcoat (1955)

Fender is a lowly clerk in the warehouse of clothing manufacturers Ranting and Co. His one ambition is to have an overcoat of his own. Refused one by the cold hearted Ranting he asks a ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Clayton

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz (by), Nikolay Gogol (suggested by a story of) (as Gogol) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
David Kossoff ... Morry
Alfie Bass ... Fender (Ghost)
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Storyline

Fender is a lowly clerk in the warehouse of clothing manufacturers Ranting and Co. His one ambition is to have an overcoat of his own. Refused one by the cold hearted Ranting he asks a tailor friend, Morry, to make him one instead, but dies of cold before he can take delivery of it. Unwilling to give up his only desire even in death, he returns as a ghost to persuade Morry to steal him the overcoat he so coveted in life. Written by Anonymous

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tailor | jewish | based on play | See All (3) »

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1958 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Den skräddarsydda rocken See more »

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Budget:

£5,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: This film was awarded the Oscar by the Motion Picture Academy of America for the best short subject of 1956. It had previously received a similar award from the British Film Academy and a first prize at the Venice Film Festival. See more »

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Version of Shinel (1926) See more »

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A good story, 2 great actors and a really moving film
16 December 2008 | by margaret8541See all my reviews

I saw this film tonight December 2008 on TV and it was a grainy black and white. That is the worst thing I can say about it. I have in the past seen David Kossoff and Alfie Bass in many films but none ever had the impact that this film had on me. David Kossoff has always been regarded as a very good actor and so he was in this film. But I know Alfie Bass more for the comedy roles that he has played. His performance in this film was outstanding. I see that he was nominated for a Best Actor Award and I think his performance was Oscar standard. This film has made more of an impression on me than any of the more recent films made with big stars and big budgets. I would recommend this film to anybody who enjoys a good story, great acting and older films. I give it 9 out of 10 only because I don't believe that it is possible for human beings to be perfect.


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