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One Way Pendulum (1965)

The very eccentric Groomkirby family, in between inventing odd devices, decide to reenact a murder and trial in their living room.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

N.F. Simpson (play), N.F. Simpson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Sykes ... Mr. Groomkirby
George Cole ... Defense Counsel / Fred
Julia Foster ... Sylvia
Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller ... Kirby
Peggy Mount ... Mrs. Gantry
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Groomkirby
Mona Washbourne ... Aunt Mildred
Douglas Wilmer ... Judge / Maintenance Man
Glyn Houston ... Detective Inspector Barnes
Graham Crowden ... Prosecuting Counsel / Caretaker
Kenneth Farrington ... Stan
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... Clerk of the Court / Drycleaner's Assistant
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Usher / Office Clerk
Vincent Harding ... Policeman / Bus Conductor
Tommy Bruce Tommy Bruce ... Gormless (voice)
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The very eccentric Groomkirby family, in between inventing odd devices, decide to reenact a murder and trial in their living room.

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Take a trip round the bend - with the World's Wackiest Family!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peggy Mount receives a "guest star" credit. See more »

Quotes

Judge: In deciding upon the sentence I shall impose in this case, I have been influenced by one consideration. It is this - that in sentencing a man to death for one crime, we may well be putting him beyond the reach of the law in respect of those crimes which he has not yet had an opportunity to commit. The law, however, is not to be cheated in this way. I shall therefore discharge you.
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Connections

Version of One Way Pendulum (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule, Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Insane Wonderful Film
25 November 2006 | by midwintersSee all my reviews

This is an absolutely bizarre crazy film. You watch puzzled (for me) till the conversation about having arms shortened to fit sleeves and the light bulb brightens:) Saw it in an art theater in the States about 2 years after it was released and was blown away. I have been telling people about it for years and am ecstatic about it being acknowledged as even existing (it was invisible on the Web for a very long time - you had to go to Beyond the Fringe and work backwards) If I could find it it any playable format I would get it in an instant - track the strangeness picked up in later 60's films - Beatles included. If it ever surfaces and you are into 'quirky-ness' be sure to sit back and enjoy.


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