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Man of the Moment

  • Comedy
  • 1955
  • John Paddy Carstairs
  • 85 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy starring Norman Wisdom. A Foreign Office filing clerk becomes part of an important diplomatic mission to Geneva, but creates havoc in the world of international affairs.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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NormanNorman Wisdom
PennyLana Morris
SoniaBelinda Lee
JacksonJerry Desmonde
LomKarel Stepanek
British delegateGarry Marsh
TokiInia Te Wiata
Sir HoraceEvelyn Roberts
Swiss tailorMartin Miller
MitchellHugh Morton
Queen of TawakiViolet Farebrother

Crew

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DirectorJohn Paddy Carstairs

Details

Released on
1955-11-24
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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