The Green Man

The Green Man

Robert Day (1956)

PG Certificate


Our Score
If you ever doubted that Alastair Sim was the finest British screen comedian of the sound era, then here's the proof of his immense talent. As the assassin with the mournful smile, he gives a performance of rare genius that more than makes amends for the longueurs in Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat's script. The sequence in which he persuades three old dears to cease their recital so that his radio bomb can finish off politician Raymond Huntley is a masterclass in the lost art of farce. Huntley also excels as the pompous target, but George Cole is overly bumbling as the vacuum-cleaner salesman who uncovers the plot.


A professional assassin and master of disguise is assigned to murder a pompous politician - only to find his efforts hampered by a bumbling vacuum cleaner salesman. Black comedy, starring Alastair Sim, George Cole, Jill Adams and Terry-Thomas.

Cast & Crew

Hawkins Alastair Sim
Boughtflower Terry-Thomas
William Blake George Cole
Ann Vincent Jill Adams
Marigold Avril Angers
McKecknie John Chandos
Lily Dora Bryan
Reginald Colin Gordon
Director Robert Day
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video and DVD