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The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 November 1958 (USA)
A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

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Complete credited cast:
... Gulley Jimson
... Dee Coker
... Sara Monday
Mike Morgan ... Nosey
... Sir William Beeder
Arthur Macrae ... A.W. Alabaster
Veronica Turleigh ... Lady Beeder
... Abel
Reginald Beckwith ... Capt. Jones
... Hickson
Gillian Vaughan ... Lollie
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Gulley Jimson is broke, difficult, conniving, uncouth, and a welcher - but an artist. The visions in his head may not really satisfy him when realized, but the quest continues, for the perfect wall. The Beeders leave for six weeks of vacation and return to find a 7000 pound committment and the wall of their living room a national treasure, even though living with a wall mural of feet is not their cup of tea. Then - in a bombed out church scheduled for demolition - THE wall that can become his vision. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Straight from the Horse's Mouth  »

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Trivia

When Nosey offers Bisson a bowl of stew, Michael Gough's voice on the soundtrack says "Buzz off!" but his lips form the words "Drop dead!" Presumably the line was changed when Mike Morgan died suddenly before the film was released. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Gully Simson is served a pint of beer in the pub. The amount of beer in the glass varies inconsistently in subsequent shots. See more »

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Gulley Jimson: Gully Jimson
[speaking to some helpers]
Gulley Jimson: When you've finished that, you can start on the Damned: D8, 9 and 10. We may need tigers and orchids; or fly catchers and flesh eaters; Flowers of Evil - or a borough councilor eating a baby for breakfast.
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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

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Lieutenant Kije
by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofieff)
Arranged by Kenneth V. Jones
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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Fantastic piece of work.
25 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ingenious, fun, silly, playful, entertaining, strange. All of these things represent not only the movie, but of Alec Guinness' portrayal of Gully Jimson, a grainy, foul mouthed old artist, trying to make it in life through his paintings. We're introduced to him from jail, and it unfolds in the sense where learning about him is also either liking or hating what life has brought him to be. Just make sure that you're not going to be an artist, or his protégé (who takes an awful lot of bullying). This is another forgotten film in time in that it's perfect casting, and perfect direction. It's an effortless viewing movie that will bring much satisfaction to viewers of any age, who aren't familiar with Alec Guinness' work besides the obvious. His passionate, sometimes surly characterization of a brilliant painter is one that should last for the ages.


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