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A Matter of WHO (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 3 October 1961 (UK)
(1962) Terry-Thomas, Alex Nicol, Honor Blackman. A man's death of smallpox at London airport sends officials into a panic as they conduct a frantic search for the carrier. Nice performances and a good script. 35mm.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry-Thomas ... Archibald Bannister
Sonja Ziemann ... Michele
Alex Nicol ... Kennedy
Richard Briers ... Jamieson
Honor Blackman ... Sister Bryan
Guy Deghy ... Ivanovitch
Carol White ... Beryl
Clive Morton ... Hatfield
Geoffrey Keen ... Foster
Martin Benson ... Rahman
The John Barry Seven The John Barry Seven ... Band
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Linkers
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Dr. Blake
Michael Ripper ... Skipper
Cyril Wheeler Cyril Wheeler ... Cooper
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(1962) Terry-Thomas, Alex Nicol, Honor Blackman. A man's death of smallpox at London airport sends officials into a panic as they conduct a frantic search for the carrier. Nice performances and a good script. 35mm.

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Another hilarious comedy from the producer of "The Mouse That Roared" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un croque-mort trop curieux See more »

Filming Locations:

Alps, Austria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Foray See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Richard Briers receives an "introducing" credit See more »

Quotes

Sister Bryan: Oh yes, Mr Kennedy, I'm sorry but the passenger you're meeting is ill. He'll be brought here as soon as the plane has landed.
Kennedy: Sick? What's wrong with him?
Sister Bryan: I can't say.
Kennedy: You mean you don't know or you won't tell me?
Sister Bryan: Well...
Archibald Bannister: A matter of policy, my dear Sir. Aircrew are discouraged from making medical diagnoses. For example, only last week we were alerted that a foreign passenger, a plumpish woman, was suffering from severe cramp and to have a stomach pump at the ready. An hour after the plane ...
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Connections

Referenced in A Patch of Blue (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

A Matter of Who
Words and Music by Bob Russell
Sung by Roy Castle over main title
Performed in nightclub scene by The John Barry Seven (uncredited)
and arranged by John Barry (uncredited)
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Delightful blend of humor and mystery-solving.
6 November 2015 | by wannallSee all my reviews

I have little to add to the other reviews that have pointed out the lamentable fact of this film's undeserved obscurity. It's a bit hard to describe or categorize because it is such a relaxed combination of light to oddball comedy plus a first rate mystery being pursued by an uncommon sleuth (Terry-Thomas in top form) and his American "sidekick" (Alex Nicol doing a competent job with an unconventional assignment as an actor).

It is common to say that they don't make 'em like this any more. In this film's case it's also true that they never made so very many like this at all. I won't pretend that it's brilliant, though Terry-Thomas's performance probably qualifies, but it is the obvious product of a clear vision, a strong hand at the helm, and a very able crew. Once it started it kept me amused and engaged constantly.

What fun! If you have any affection for British comedy or light mystery, do not miss it


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