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Call Me Genius (1961)

The Rebel (original title)
Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

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Robert Day
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Hancock ... Anthony Hancock
George Sanders ... Sir Charles Brewer
Paul Massie Paul Massie ... Paul Ashby
Margit Saad ... Margot Carreras
Grégoire Aslan ... Aristotle Carreras
Dennis Price ... Jim Smith
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Crevatte
John Le Mesurier ... Office Manager
Liz Fraser ... Waitress
Mervyn Johns ... Manager of Art Gallery, London
Peter Bull ... Manager of Art Gallery, Paris
Nanette Newman ... Josey
Marie Burke ... Madame Laurent
Bernard Rebel Bernard Rebel ... Art Dealer
Sandor Elès ... Artist
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

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From London's "Bowler-Hatted" Conformity to Paris' Left Bank Madness! (US release: Call Me Genius) See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1961 (UK) See more »

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Call Me Genius See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The working title was "One Man's Meat". See more »

Quotes

Hancock: It's a self portrait.
Mrs. Crevatte: Who of?
Hancock: Laurel and Hardy!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to acknowledge the fullest co-operation accorded - somewhat apprehensively - by BRITISH RAILWAYS. See more »

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Featured in London: The Modern Babylon (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last! At Last!
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Written by Charles Trenet
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Brilliant Stuff
15 February 2004 | by andy-782See all my reviews

This superb film features Tony Hancock quitting his boring office job for the artist's life in Paris. Despite the fact that he can't paint or sculpt (his 'Aphrodite At The Waterhole' is excrutiatingly awful) he thinks he is a genius and soon gets a reputation as such. He wins fame and fortune with the paintings of Paul Massie who had given up art and moved back to England for a boring office job. The early part of the film features a cameo by Oliver Reed as one of a group of artists arguing drunkenly about what is art in a Parisien cafe. The script was written by Galton & Simpson and draws heavily on some of the excellent Hancock's Half Hour radio series (particularly the Poetry Society) which they wrote. Irene Handl is superb as Mrs Crevatte, Hancock's London landlady (also Paul's when he leaves Paris) and the film is full of some of the best British actors of the day (George Sanders, Peter Bull, John Le Mesurier, Dennis Price etc.). This is one film I was itching to see come out on DVD and it has, paired with The Punch & Judy Man. Wonderful stuff indeed.


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