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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 ... 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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Drama

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The Kenneth More character has a relationship with a much younger woman whom he nicknames "Shrimp", and who is played by Angela Douglas, some 26 years his junior. In real life, More left his wife Edith Barkby for Douglas around the time they made this film together and married her in 1968; his pet name for he was "Shrimp". They remained married until More's death in 1982. 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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Honey Breath Commercial
(uncredited)
Music by Bill McGuffie
Lyrics by Brian Fahey
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Fascinating show-biz drama
25 February 2002 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

"The Comedy Man" is a drama (with some comedy) about a struggling actor named Chick Byrd in swinging London. This is one of the most accurate depictions of the grotty underside of showbiz. The film is very realistic, sometimes depressingly so. Byrd dreams of stardom, but he lives in a cheap bedsit and collects dole cheques. He can't get a "real" job because he's always making the rounds of casting calls. Byrd is played by Kenneth More, a dramatic actor with comedy experience, who gives an excellent performance here. Billie Whitelaw is excellent too. I won't divulge the movie's ending, except to say that it's unexpected yet very plausible. Watch for a very large man in a very small role: the gigantic union steward wearing a Red Indian war bonnet is played by Freddie Mills. He was Britain's heavyweight champion who tried to parlay his boxing fame into an acting career, but his large size typecast him in Richard Kiel-type roles. I recommend this film.


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Country:

UK

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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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