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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

John Le Mesurier refers to the angry young men in the office scene with Tony Hancock. He is relating to John Osborne, the playwright, who was popular at the time. See more »

Quotes

Jim Smith: English names are so mysterious, don't you think?
Hancock: Oh, yes. I knew an 'Arry Trubshawe and a Bert 'Iggins once. Dead mysterious they were.
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The producers wish to acknowledge the fullest co-operation accorded - somewhat apprehensively - by BRITISH RAILWAYS. See more »

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At Last! At Last!
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Written by Charles Trenet
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great fun
8 October 2001 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This one is a long-time favourite for its great one-liners, its wit, its bright colours and the sheer joy of its performances. George Sanders plays the creepy critic with the same finesse he'd done many times before, Hancock as the leader of the Infantile school of painting is so preposterous its hysterical, even a very young Oliver Reed appears briefly in the cafe scene. The writing of Galton and Simpson is as sharp as ever but gets to take more detours and turns than it ever could in the Half-Hours ... a brilliant film. I particularly love the pathetic painting of the foot which crops up at the art exhibition and that hideous sculpture. Excellent.


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