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The Comedy Man (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 10 September 1964 (UK)
Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

Director:

Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Douglas Hayes (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Chick Byrd
Cecil Parker ... Thomas Rutherford
Dennis Price ... Tommy Morris
Billie Whitelaw ... Judy
Norman Rossington ... Theodore Littleton
Angela Douglas ... Fay Trubshaw
Edmund Purdom ... Julian Baxter
Frank Finlay ... Prout
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Jack Lavery
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Gus Sloppitt
Valerie Croft Valerie Croft ... Yvonne (as The Croft Twins)
Leila Croft Leila Croft ... Pauline (as The Croft Twins)
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Gerry
Jacqueline Hill ... Sandy Lavery
Harold Goodwin ... Second Assistant Director
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Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.

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Some men stay 25 all their lives

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Trivia

Although released in 1964, the film was actually shot in 1962. See more »

Goofs

During the party when Chick sees Tommy chatting up Fay, he is not smoking, but in a wide shot, he's taking a cigarette from his mouth. He's also holding a glass of wine which disappears in his close-up. See more »

Quotes

Judy: You bloody fool! When are you going to stop acting as if you're twenty-five?
Chick Byrd: It's my favorite age!
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Connections

Featured in Talkies: Remembering Kenneth More: Part One (2019) See more »

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Written by Joy Byers
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Kenneth More Stars
19 August 2019 | by drednmSee all my reviews

A surprisingly good comedy/drama about a group of British actors on the periphery is THE COMEDY MAN, which stars Kenneth More as a down-and-out actor who finally finds success, but in a series of TV commercials about breath mints. The various members of the group experience all sorts of ups and downs and live in a shared, squalid flat. They chase all over London looking for work but fall prey to the indifference of producers. An oily agent (Dennis Price) lords overs them and plays favorites as he bestows various small jobs. One actor (Edmund Purdom) lands a small film role that that launches him to major screen success ... much to the bitter envy of the others. It's a great look at the small lives of actors who have the fire to perform but never really make the grade.

Billie Whitelaw is good as an actress working as a waitress. Cecil Parker nearly steals the film as the old gent whose best days are long gone but he still clings to the hope of one last great role ... while he sponges off the younger actors. Frank Finlay, Alan Dobie, and Angela Douglas also appear.

Kenneth More is excellent as the 40-ish actor who can never quite make anything of the small chances he gets. More seems pretty much forgotten today but ranked as a major Brit movie star in the 1950s. He's excellent here.

The ending is quite good.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A színész See more »

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Consant Films, Grayfilms See more »
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