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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to... See more »

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Hugh Owens ...
Toastmaster
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Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney
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Daniel Tucker
William Mervyn ...
Sir Charles Gurney
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Lady Claire Gurney
James Villiers ...
Dinsdale Gurney
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Bishop Bertie Lampton
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Matthew Peake
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Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney
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Dr. Herder
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Inmate
Griffith Davies ...
Inmate
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Inmate (as Oliver McGreevy)
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Mrs. Piggott-Jones
Patsy Byrne ...
Mrs. Pamela Treadwell
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Grace Shelley
Neil Kennedy ...
Dr. Herder's Assistant
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McKyle
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McKyle's Assistant
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McKyle's Assistant
Joan Cooper ...
Nurse Brice
Declan Mulholland ...
Poacher
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Kelso Truscott
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Inspector Brockett
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Fraser
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Lord
Julian D'Albie ...
Lord
Llewellyn Rees ...
Lord
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Lord Chancellor
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Margaret Lacey ...
Midwife (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Various Roles (uncredited) (voice)
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Peer (uncredited)

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Peter Medak

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Peter Barnes ... (screenplay)
 
Peter Barnes ... (play)

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Jules Buck ... producer
Jack Hawkins ... producer
David Korda ... associate producer

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John Cameron

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Ken Hodges ... director of photography

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Ray Lovejoy

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William Parnell ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Noel Rogers ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Maude Spector

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Peter Murton

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Ruth Myers

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Eric Allwright ... makeup artist
Ramon Gow ... hair stylist
Susie Hill ... hairdresser
Charles E. Parker ... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)

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Tim Hampton ... production manager

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Bert Batt ... assistant director
Bill Westley ... second assistant director

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John Paterson ... construction
Peter Young ... set dresser
Allan Croucher ... set plasterer (uncredited)

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Stan Fiferman ... dubbing editor
Robin Gregory ... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Don Wortham ... boom operator

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Roy Whybrow ... special effects
Colin Chilvers ... special effects technician (uncredited)

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Peter Diamond ... stunts (uncredited)

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Herbert Smith ... camera operator (as Herbie Smith)
Malcolm Vinson ... camera assistant

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Jean Muir ... wardrobe: Miss Browne
Tiny Nicholls ... wardrobe master

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Lee Bolon ... location manager

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John Cameron ... musical director
Vic Smith ... music mixer

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Roy Everson ... production aide
Eleanor Fazan ... choreographer
Bill Finch ... accountant
Joseph E. Levine ... presenter
Maggie Unsworth ... continuity
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Plot Summary

A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues. Written by Mark Logan

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Also Known As
  • Dieu et mon droit (France)
  • La clase dirigente (Spain)
  • Locuras de grandeza (Peru)
  • A Classe Governante (Brazil)
  • Den herskende klasse (Denmark)
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  • 154 min
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Trivia Nigel Green died shortly after production from an overdose of sleeping pills; it was ruled an accident but is believed by some to have been a suicide, as Green was said to have been greatly depressed during filming. It had already been decided that his dialog should be replaced by that of another actor in the finished film, Graham Crowden. See more »
Goofs When they are burying Lady Gurney, the camera casts a shadow over the grave stones and ground. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003). See more »
Soundtracks God Save the Queen See more »
Quotes Lady Claire Gurney: How do you know you're God?
Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney: Simple. When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.
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