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The Square Peg (1958)

A British road repairman gets into a feud with the Army, gets drafted and is mistakenly parachuted into Nazi occupied France where his physical resemblance to the local German commandant triggers a hilarious chain reaction.

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Jack Davies (original screenplay), Henry Blyth (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Pitkin / General Schreiber
Honor Blackman ... Lesley Cartland
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Grimsdale
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Sergeant Loder
Hattie Jacques ... Gretchen
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Henri Le Blanc
Terence Alexander ... Captain Wharton
John Warwick John Warwick ... Colonel Layton
Arnold Bell Arnold Bell ... General Hunt
André Maranne André Maranne ... Jean-Claude (as Andre Maranne)
Victor Beaumont ... Jogenkraut
Frank Williams ... Captain Ford
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Medical Officer
Richard Marner ... German Officer
John G. Heller ... German Officer at Gatepost
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Storyline

Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the clutches of the Sergeant they have just bested. They are sent to France to repair roads in front of the Allied advance but get captured. Norman takes advantage of a useful similarity to impersonate General Schreiber and manages to return a hero. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The news the enemy dreaded - Wisdom's joined the army.

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

19 December 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Square Peg See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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At c.20 minutes Pitkin's spade suddenly reappears as he leaves the army base. See more »

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THE SQUARE PEG (John Paddy Carstairs, 1958) ***
25 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This service comedy (another favorite situation with star comedians) - part army-base shenanigans and part dangerous mission - ranks as possibly the best Norman Wisdom vehicle there is, with a consistent string of often hilarious gags and the star - turning up again in drag and also appearing in a dual role (including one as a Nazi General) - in top form.

Supporting him are Edward Chapman (virtually rising to sidekick status here, he and Wisdom make an engaging comic pair), Honor Blackman (perhaps the most substantial of the star's leading ladies) and Hattie Jacques (as a German opera star).


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