The Big Day
Three very different men compete for a top job, and the result of the interviews comes a surprise to everyone.Three very different men compete for a top job, and the result of the interviews comes a surprise to everyone.Three very different men compete for a top job, and the result of the interviews comes a surprise to everyone.
This tragi-comedy follows 3 very different men as they vie for a vacant managerial pose on the board of the small factory in which they work.
The always wonderful Donald Pleasance is the star and gives probably his best performance ever as a flawed flawed, shy accountant.
Harry H Corbett as a ne'er-do-well who has managed to marry his boss's sister, shows what a great actor he really was and how he deserves to be remembered for far more than Harold Steptoe.
While the always excellent William Franklyn as an ambitious salesman is able to give his familiar suave persona much depth than he is normally allowed.
Though made on a B movie budget, acting, script, witty dialogue and location filming are all spot on. When the film was first shown post war austerity was just coming to an end and the swinging 60's were yet to come into view. A previous reviewer has remarked on the frank treatment of sex and I will add that its giving women substantial roles, equal to those of the men also made it ahead of its time.
This great underrated film would have been misunderstood when it came out and fell into oblivion but it well deserves to be rediscovered. It really is a must see - and do laugh at the funny bits, they are meant to be there!
- May 14, 2021