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Press for Time (1966)

The British P.M.'s grandson, Norman, becomes a reporter for a provincial newspaper where he causes hilarious chaos.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norman Shields / Emily, his mother / Wilfred, his grandfather (the P.M.)
... Maj. R.E. Bartlett
Angela Browne ... Eleanor Lampton
Tracey Crisp ... Ruby Fairchild
... Mr. Ballard (Attorney General)
Noel Dyson ... Mrs. Corcoran (the lady mayor)
Derek Francis ... Ernest Corcoran (alderman)
... Robin Willobey (photographer)
... Mr. Ross (editor, 'Tinmouth Times')
Stanley Unwin ... Mr. Nottage (Town Clerk)
Frances White ... Liz Corcoran
Michael Balfour ... Sewerman
Tony Selby ... Harry Marshall (reporter, 'County Chronicle')
Michael Bilton
Norman Pitt
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Norman is quite happy selling newspapers outside Westminster station but his Grandfather (the Prime Minister) wants to get him "a more responsible job". A few favours are called in and Norman becomes the newest reporter at the seaside town of Tinmouth. After causing chaos at a local council meeting and causing the demolition of a new house he tries to organise a beauty pageant. A slapstick tale of corruption in high and low places. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Norman's a newspaper reporter - in his funniest film yet!

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8 December 1966 (UK)  »

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Ein blindes Huhn  »

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Charming comedy
20 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Norman Wisdom comedies aren't to everyone's taste. Sometimes his slapstick can be childish and he can overdo the pathos of his 'little man' routine. Nevertheless this - the last major film Wisdom made in his traditional manner - is one of his best.

The comedy is well-paced and Wisdom's character is rather more mature than usual, capable of using some initiative rather than simply being a clumsy fool. The photography of the attractive seaside locations is excellent. Perhaps another reason I find this film particularly likeable is that it reminds me of the seaside town I grew up in at about the same time, the petty-politics and small-town journalism especially.

This is a pleasing comedy from a simpler, gentler age.


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