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The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 December 1956 (France)
Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is off for some ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Day, Basil Dearden (uncredited)

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Frank Launder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Hawkins
George Cole ... William Blake
Terry-Thomas ... Charles Boughtflower
Jill Adams ... Ann Vincent
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Gregory Upshott
Colin Gordon ... Reginald Willoughby-Cruft
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Marigold
Eileen Moore ... Joan Wood
Dora Bryan ... Lily
John Chandos John Chandos ... Mc Kechnie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Sergeant Bassett
Richard Wattis ... Doctor
Vivien Wood Vivien Wood ... Leader of Trio
Marie Burke ... Felicity
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Annabel
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Storyline

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is off for some hanky-panky at the Green Man on the south coast, where Hawkins is planning to retire him for good. But before he can get on with this the hit-man has a procession of unwanted visitors at home to dispose of - one way or another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

The Kind of Picture the British Have a Way With...Things Like Very Merry Murders...Very Unusual Characters...Very Sly Sex...And All Combined in an Uproar of Laughs and Suspense

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassino di fiducia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grenadier Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Directorial debut of Robert Day. See more »

Goofs

The interior sets for the two houses are the reverse of the real life exteriors. The sets show the stairs and landing window to the left of the front door for each house but the exterior shots show the landing windows to the right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hawkins: Ah! School days. The happiest days of one's life. I was a carefree innocent lad in those far off times. Only one thing clouded my youthful spirits: my abominable headmaster. Really, all I did was to put an electric charge in his fountain pen and an explosive in the inkpot. I honestly only intended to humiliate him. However, that got rid of him, and it also disposed of any doubts I may have had about my true vocation.
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Soundtracks

Gaudeamus igitur
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard when the school photo is seen at the start of the film.
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Alastair Sim as a hitman, Terry-Thomas being amorous - dreamy
30 March 2000 | by thehumanduvetSee all my reviews

Great Ealing farce in the Kind Hearts and Coronets murder-comedy stylee, revolving around Sim's hitman (specialising in slapstick bomb-hits) plotting the death of a prominent businessman, and George Cole's vacuum cleaner salesman, out to thwart the killer...Room for plenty of comedy shenanigans as the top cast blunder around leaving clues and confusing each other, building to a climax at the country inn of the title. Thoroughly enjoyable for fans of the genre, with just a little bit of Terry-Thomas thrown in near the end to add his unique suave zest to a very appealing mix. Expect the thrills to come from Sim's eyebrows and laid-back attitude, and Terry-Thomas' 'tache, rather than the plot.


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