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Postman's Knock (1962)

| Comedy | March 1962 (UK)
Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Lynn

Writers:

Jack Trevor Story (story), John Briley (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spike Milligan ... Harold Petts
Barbara Shelley ... Jean
John Wood ... P.C. Woods (as John Woods)
Archie Duncan ... Inspector
Warren Mitchell ... Rupert
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Joe
Arthur Mullard ... Sam
John Bennett ... Pete
Ronald Adam ... Mr. Fordyce
Miles Malleson ... Psychiatrist
Wilfrid Lawson ... Postman (as Wilfred Lawson)
Mario Fabrizi Mario Fabrizi ... Villager
Bob Todd ... District Superintendent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Wilson
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Storyline

Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he is thought to be a member of another gang by both the train robbers and the police, who all suspect him of trying to rob the post office where he works. Petts however gains notoriety in the post office by his ability to outperform the new mechanization which the sorting office has recently installed. Harold becomes a hero when he thwarts the robbers once more when they attempt to steal a mail-bag containing used bank notes which are being returned for destruction. As his reward, Harold gets promoted back to his home village as Postmaster. Written by Steve Smith <sp.smith@virgin.net>

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This was the second of two attempts by the British branch of M-G-M to turn Spike Milligan into a film star, after the previous year's "Invasion Quartet"; but Milligan was not happy with it and once referred to it as "the serious version of that Jacques Tati film about a postman" (meaning "Jour De Fete", a film he greatly admired). See more »

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Postman's Knock
Music by Ron Goodwin
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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A little seen lost gem
7 September 2008 | by williamssawpawSee all my reviews

Just watched this film after taping it in the middle of the night on TCM. I am 57 years old and have never seen this film before. I am surprised it hasn't to my knowledge been shown during the daytime after all these years. Adults and children alike would love this film. It contains many visual jokes and is truly entertaining. With a lot of the rubbish around nowadays on the screen, this deserves 10 out of 10. It shows what a genius Spike Milligan was. It was great to see so many character actors in their prime e.g. Bob Todd, Arthur Mullard, Archie Duncan, Lance Percival and Warren Mitchell, etc. Please check out this fine film and you will find you can watch it again and again.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A postás kopogása See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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