Tag: Comedy

The Naked Truth | 1957 | Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers

The Ealing comedy tradition died out in the mid-1950s, but here Michael Pertwee’s screenplay and a superb cast ensured that the memory lingered on. Dennis Price suavely plays a blackmailing journalist who offers to sell a group of victims his...

Happy Is the Bride | 1958 | Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott

Bubbling remake of Quiet Wedding, in which a couple who are planning to have a relaxing, enjoyable summer wedding find themselves up to their necks in trouble as their families take over the preparations. Everything seems to conspire against the...

The League of Gentlemen | 1960 | Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick

The clue is in the title: gentlemen, would-be thieves who are no ordinary crooks but officers and either their equals or their lackeys. Lt Col Hyde is the mastermind and is decidedly narked by being forced out of the military. He recruits seven...

Brazil | 1985 | Jonathan Pryce Robert De Niro

Undoubtedly Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece. Visual brilliance combines with snappy satirical humour to create one of the best films of the 80s Gilliam’s directorial career nearly came off the rails with Brazil, which sparked a furious...

Kaleidoscope | 1966 | Warren Beatty, Susannah York

The 1960s penchant for split screens, trick effects, shooting from behind objects and generally distracting the viewer from the action has made many of the thrillers, westerns and comedies of the decade unwatchable. Smight’s comedy thriller is...

Ask a Policeman | 1939 | Will Hay, Graham Moffatt

A classic British comedy starring the peerless Hay in this sequel to Oh Mr Porter. Hay is the dummkopf Sgt Dudfoot, transferred to a sleepy rural village where it’s reckoned he’ll do least harm. Bored to bits, he concocts a cunning plan...

Two Way Stretch | 1960 | Peter Sellers, Maurice Denham

A fine Sunday afternoon comedy. Peter Sellers stars as the crook who’s spent his time in chokey coming up with a plan for the perfect robbery. What could possibly go wrong? Three old lags (Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins) concoct...

Major Barbara | 1941 | Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison

David Lean adapts Shaw’s play, casting Wendy Hiller as the Salvation Army major who gradually becomes disillusioned with missionary life when her wealthy father begins donating some of his fortune to the cause. At the same time, she is trying...

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