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The Comedy Man (1964)

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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Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

Douglas Hayes (novel), Peter Yeldham
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Cast

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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1965 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A színész See more »

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Consant Films,Gray-Film See more »
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Mono
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This was one of several British films of the early Sixties whose release in cinemas was greatly delayed; it spent nearly two years on the shelf before shown in late 1964. It was usually exhibited in a double-bill with Peter Brook's film, "Lord Of The Flies". 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 »

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An Actor's Life For Me
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Written by Brian Fahey
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the perils of an acting career
12 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Actors must lead a tough life: not only does the trade deny them the luxury of a steady income, but the challenge of constantly changing roles can throw their own identity out of shape. Or so one English actor (Kenneth More) discovers as he sinks to success in this caustic but witty comedy drama, in which the extroverted façade of the dedicated thespian stands revealed for what it really is: a protective shield against the burden of inconsistent work, the humiliation of endless auditions, and the hunger for popular acclaim. More's luck begins to turn after professional desperation and a need for quick cash lead him to accept a job in the lucrative but disreputable world of television advertising. Nothing, he soon learns, corrupts like fame and fortune, especially when neither is earned (it's easier to be morally pure when you're a starving artist). The film was made in 1963, but is so rarely revived that it qualifies as a lost treasure of sorts.


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