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The Punch and Judy Man (1963)

Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him.

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Jeremy Summers

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Phillip Oakes (screenplay), Tony Hancock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Hancock ... Wally
Sylvia Syms ... Delia
Ronald Fraser ... Mayor
Barbara Murray ... Lady Jane
John Le Mesurier ... Sandman
Hugh Lloyd Hugh Lloyd ... Edward
Mario Fabrizi Mario Fabrizi ... Nevil
Pauline Jameson ... Mayoress
Norman Bird ... Committee Man
Peter Vaughan ... Committee Man
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Committee Man
Walter Hudd ... Clergyman
Brian Bedford ... 1st. Escort
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... 2nd. Escort
Eddie Byrne ... Ice Cream Man
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Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him.

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Hancock rebels again!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1963 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia

The disc jockey on the radio that [link-nm0359437]'s character turns off at the start of the film is the recently-departed Brian Matthew. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film issued in 2006 as a DVD double with Call Me Genius by Optimum Releasing is edited, removing four minutes of footage (at around the nine minutes mark). This loses Wally leaving the house after breakfast - after inserting some flowers into the pig ornament on his way out - to visit Edward mending the puppet crocodile in his garage, then encountering the Mayor on the road. The beginning of the following scene in the Town Hall is also clipped. See more »

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Soundtracks

Concerto Grosso
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Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Derek Scott
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18 November 2006 | by dave-2438See all my reviews

As mentioned by someone else, this film has matured with age. I watched the Punch and Judy man because I was a Hancock fan. Sadly this is not classic Hancock but I don't think the movie was meant to be HANCOCK.

The thing with Tony Hancock was that he was always trying to not be Tony Hancock, the trouble was he could never get away from being the Lad From East Cheam and he couldn't understand why. Which in the end led to him taking his own life.

The movie itself feels like the Two sides of Hancock. The start is the Hancock he wanted to be, dramatic, and the end the Hancock we all knew and loved. the comic.


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