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The Rebel

  • Comedy
  • 1961
  • Robert Day
  • 100 mins
  • U

Summary

A bored office clerk gives up his dull routine to pursue a career as an artist. He moves to Paris in search of inspiration for his masterpiece, but finds critical acclaim escapes him - until an accidental mix-up results in him getting the credit for another painter's work. Comedy, starring Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Dennis Price and John Le Mesurier.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Tony Hancock's first star vehicle is no masterpiece, but it is a fascinating misfire. Written by regular collaborators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the film has all the touches that made Hancock's Half-Hour so popular, although they seem a little strained over the course of a feature-length film. Happier in suburbia using landlady Irene Handl as a model for "Aphrodite by the Waterhole" than he is fooling the pretentious Parisians of the Left Bank, Hancock is his usual deluded, pompous self, while George Sanders's suave shiftiness is as watchable as ever.

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Credits

Cast

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Anthony HancockTony Hancock
Sir Charles BrouardGeorge Sanders
PaulPaul Massie
Margot CarrerasMargit Saad
Aristotle CarrerasGrégoire Aslan
Jim SmithDennis Price
Mrs CrevatteIrene Handl
Office managerJohn Le Mesurier
WaitressLiz Fraser
JoseyNanette Newman

Crew

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DirectorRobert Day

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal Pictures
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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