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Left Right and Centre (1959)

At the Earndale by-election natural history expert and TV personality Bob Wilcot for the Conservatives finds himself up against Billingsgate girl Stella Stoker for the socialists. Amateur ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Sidney Gilliat (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Bredin Patricia Bredin ... Left - Stella Stoker
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Left - Bert Glimmer
Jack Hedley ... Left - Bill Hemingway
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Left - Alf Stoker
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Left - Mr. Bray
Hattie Jacques ... Left - Woman in Car
Ian Carmichael ... Right - Robert Wilcot
Richard Wattis ... Right - Harding-Pratt
Moyra Fraser ... Right - Annabel
William Kendall ... Right - Pottle
George Benson George Benson ... Right - Egerton
Anthony Sharp ... Right - Peterson
Moultrie Kelsall ... Right - Grimsby Armfield
Olwen Brookes Olwen Brookes ... Right - Mrs. Samson
Alastair Sim ... Centre - Lord Wilcot
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Storyline

At the Earndale by-election natural history expert and TV personality Bob Wilcot for the Conservatives finds himself up against Billingsgate girl Stella Stoker for the socialists. Amateur politician against committed activist. But could it become boy-who-fancies-girl against girl-who-fancies-boy? The party agents are soon colluding against such a disaster. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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election | independent film | See All (2) »

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You'll Howl When SEX and POLITICS Collide Head On!

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

The statement at the beginning of the film which says that the difference between Labour and Conservatives is that whilst under Labour man exploits man, under the Conservatives it is the other way round was used by the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith many years later when comparing capitalism and Communism. He has since been credited with originating the remark, but has said he was repeating an old Polish joke - so perhaps Sidney Gilliat was as well. See more »

Quotes

Centre - Lord Wilcot: We are all governed by dead ideas but, when it comes to political programmes, an idea has not merely to be dead but to have lost all meaning before it has any chance of being adopted with real enthusiasm.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the cast members are listed under separate headings of their characters' political party affiliations: "Left", "Right" and "Centre". See more »

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A lesser British satire.

"Left,Right and Centre" is the kind of British satire that is watchable due to the sterling efforts of the cast. If no one well known was in this film, then it would be instantly forgettable. Ian Carmichael plays another character who strives to achieve his ambition, this time in politics. Alastair Sim plays his uncle and although slightly wasted, makes the most of his screen time. Richard Wattis and Eric Barker provide the solid support. The plot and the script aren't very distinguished but still OK. The film lacks the sort of biting satire that a masterpiece like "I'm Alright Jack" provided in droves.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Wahlk(r)ampf See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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