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The Early Bird (1965)

Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Norman Wisdom (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman Pitkin
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Grimsdale
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Mr. Hunter
Paddie O'Neil Paddie O'Neil ... Gladwys Hoskins
Bryan Pringle ... Austin
Richard Vernon ... Sir Roger Wedgewood
John Le Mesurier ... Colonel Foster (golf partner)
Peter Jeffrey ... Fire Chief
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ... Miss Curry
Marjie Lawrence ... Woman in Negligee
Frank Thornton ... Drunken Doctor
Dandy Nichols ... Woman Flooded by Milk
Harry Locke ... Commissionaire
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Nervous Man
Imogen Hassall ... Sir Roger's Secretary
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Storyline

Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the usual chaos ensues. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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His LATEST and FUNNIEST and FIRST TIME in COLOUR

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Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1965 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A botellazo limpio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The game of golf with Jerry Desmonde is a reprise of the variety act Desmonde used to do as 'straight man' to Sid Field. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Grimsdale: Besides, we're beaten Pitkin. Consolidated's too big.
Norman Pitkin: Oh. You was at Dunkirk, weren't you Mr Grimsdale? I wonder what would have happened if you'd given up then.
Mr. Grimsdale: You're right Pitkin. We'll fight them, to the last half pint of milk!
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Connections

Referenced in Bostock's Cup (1999) See more »

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Excellent !
7 April 2007 | by cgbartlettSee all my reviews

I would thoroughly disagree with any negative review for this film ! A Technicolour '60's masterpiece of the British film comedy genre. Just lighten up and suspend your cynicism (a must for most of Norman Wisdom's films), and enjoy the "Crackerjack" style slapstick. Jerry Desmonde is just perfect as the hard nosed multinational windbag boss, Bryan Pringle is the ultimate uber-villain Milkman, and the scenes with the drug-filled Apple are mind-alteringly wonderful. If only for the golfing scenes with the sublime John Le Mesurier, and obvious matte shots of the dairy, this an innocent treasure. C'mon you hard bitten folks, this is Perfect Sunday afternoon fayre to watch in your armchair as you let your Sunday dinner go down !


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