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Please Sir! (1971)

Mr Hedges takes his class on a field trip, with disastrous consequences.

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Mark Stuart

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John Esmonde (original story & screenplay), Bob Larbey (original story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Alderton ... Bernard Hedges
Deryck Guyler ... Norman Potter
Noel Howlett ... Mr. Cromwell
Joan Sanderson ... Doris Ewell
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... Mr. Price
Erik Chitty ... Mr. Smith
Patsy Rowlands ... Angela Cutforth
Peter Cleall Peter Cleall ... Eric Duffy
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Sharon Eversleigh
Liz Gebhardt Liz Gebhardt ... Maureen Bullock
David Barry David Barry ... Frankie Abbott
Peter Denyer Peter Denyer ... Dennis Dunstable
Malcolm McFee Malcolm McFee ... Peter Craven
Aziz Resham Aziz Resham ... Feisal
Brinsley Forde Brinsley Forde ... Wesley
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Mr Hedges takes his class on a field trip, with disastrous consequences.

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10 September 1971 (UK) See more »

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"Trevor Huddleston was right about you," says Penny when she believes Bernard is a racist bigot. Huddleston was then Bishop of Stepney in London, and a fervent, high-profile promoter of racial equality. See more »

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The washing-up bubbles on Frankie's face changes position several times. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Hedges: I just don't understand you, Price. I look upon the first day of term as one of the peaks of my career.
Mr. Price: And you've got your graph upside down!
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La La La Lu (I Love You)
Written by Michael Vickers (uncredited)
Music Director, Arranged and Conducted by John Scott
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British teen comedy of the early 70s
3 October 2001 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

An odd assortment of students from Fenn St. School go to Woodbridge Rural Centre for 2 weeks as part of their 5th Form camp under the guidance of their hapless teacher, Mr Hedges.

There is the token Hells Angel - scared of the dark and armed with his teddy-bear, the obligatory 'tough as nails' leader, the poor boy who has been forced to forge his permission slip in order to go on the camp, and the black prankster, all of whom push their teacher to the limit. The latter for instance provokes trouble for the floundering Mr. Hedges by remarking "he's nice to us...you know the white ones", leading to an economy of laughs over Mr. Hedges supposed white-supremacist, sexist ways - "You make me ashamed to be English/Little Hitler!" which almost costs the love-inept teacher the relationship he strikes at the end of the film.

The Fenn St. Students are pranksters who just keep getting their teacher shot in the neck from just about anybody - the camp owners, the gypsies, the school administration and the boys parents! For instance, upon arriving at the camp he tiredly heads over to the local pub, only to find the kids he had just 'tucked in' indulging in some lagers in the back room! More comedy is assured when the students get into fights and stand-offs with other schools at the camp, most notable of course the grammar school boys. Man, we even a bit of class animosity within this film!

The movie, I found quite funny, though for means of any comparison, I have not seen the original series. The acting was very serviceable for the subject material and because the humor is a bit dated (or not as consistently applied as in most teen movies made today) it would go down well with people of all ages, though I'm sure that at the time it was marketed at teens, for there is of course also a little of that clichéd sexual-tension-between-students-while-at-camp scenario. There are so many off-shoots of comedy that, coupled with the music, I almost expected Sid James to pop in!

The film also possesses a composition of stereotypical opposites that proves more fun. Take the elderly janitor Mr. Potter for instance. Just about to get into a car he pleads with post-war zeal "Let me sir, I've driven tanks sir!". There are the gypsies of course, misunderstood by Mr. Hedges when he approaches them saying "I have come in peace/can I speak to your head Chieftain?" and there is the illiterate underclass father of the boy who forged his parent's signature, who rather than reveal his shortcomings by signing a release form, let's his son stay!

The movie was made in '71 so of course it is resplendent with the odd mini-skirt and garish blue eye-shadow! See it - its good. You've got to love all these British films. The Carry On series, Not Only But Also etc. John Alderton reminds me of Paul McCartney, but that's just by the way.


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