Man of the Moment

Man of the Moment

John Paddy Carstairs (1955)

85min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Norman Wisdom is almost at the peak of his powers in this typically silly comedy, in which, as ever, slapstick and sentiment jostle for centre stage. Wisdom plays the Whitehall nobody who suddenly finds himself a target for foreign agents after he stalls the entire United Nations with his support for the island of Tarawaki. Although we usually think of Wisdom as a bashful bungler, he also did a nice line in cockiness, and it's surprisingly amusing to watch Whitehall and Geneva dance to his tune. Jerry Desmonde again provides supreme support as the stooge, while Charles Hawtrey pops up in a minor role.

Summary

A lowly Foreign Office filing clerk gets involved in a vital diplomatic mission to Geneva and brings his own brand of chaos to the world of international affairs. Comedy, starring Norman Wisdom, Lana Morris, Belinda Lee, Jerry Desmonde and Karel Stepanek.

Cast & Crew

Norman Norman Wisdom
Penny Lana Morris
Sonia Belinda Lee
Jackson Jerry Desmonde
Lom Karel Stepanek
British delegate Garry Marsh
Toki Inia Te Wiata
Sir Horace Evelyn Roberts
Swiss tailor Martin Miller
Mitchell Hugh Morton
Queen of Tawaki Violet Farebrother
Director John Paddy Carstairs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy