“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1962 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Robert Asher / Actors: Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley, David Lodge, Esma Cannon ... / DVD released 2001-11-12 at Cinema Club / Features of the DVD: Black & White, PAL „
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ON THE BEAT.
One of his better films.
Normans wishes to emulate his father and join the police but he is too short and to be honest too thick!
He is looking through his poor departed fathers belongings one day and makes a snap decision to put on his old pa's police uniform. Then even more silly he decides to go outside in it.
He is soon mixed up in all sorts of police business. He ends up getting tumbled and the chase is on.
A classic and iconic scene where Norman is on the run from about 500 policemen and to be honest does give them as run for their money.
This is only the beginning of the film and I will stop the plot reveals here.
This really is one of his best. Norman is superb and his brand of poor little me is well crafted by now. A very silly film but hilariously funny. The slapstick escalates to painful heights and the acting as 2 people is well done.
No other actors of note and Norman carries the movie on his own.
Chapter selection only with this DVD.
A Highly recommended film.
Worth watching if it comes on the TV.
ON THE BEAT.
The irrepressible Norman is back in arguably his funniest film.
Norman is sick of being a parking attendant and dreams of following in his fathers footprints and become a police man. Unfortunately he fails the height test, not that that would be a problem today.
Dejected he starts going through his dad's old chest and guess what he finds? His fathers old police uniform, oh no.
He puts it on and goes for a stroll down the street, which as you can probably guess leads to huge mayhem, farcical whimsy and general madness.
Eventually after being caught impersonating a policeman some bright spark notices that he bears a striking resemblance to a nasty criminal that the police have been after for quite a while, Giulio Napolitani.
Now Norman must pose as this master criminal and gain information to break the gang and put them all behind bars.
I enjoy Norman Wisdom films and thoroughly enjoyed this daft romp. The slapstick is on par with his other films but the gags are a bit thin on the ground. He was underestimated as a multi faceted actor and here he plays two characters very well.
The chase scene where hundreds of coppers are chasing him is superb.
No Mr Grimsdale on this outing.
A little bit about Sir Norman,
Norman Wisdom was born in 1915. He had a difficult upbringing and spent some time in a childrens home. He served in the Merchant navy and took part in WW2 before becoming an actor in 1946 at the age of 31.
He has never looked back.
He has made 19 movies in total and appeared, at the last count, 16 times on TV.
His career has spanned from his early beginnings in 1948 in the movie 'A Date with a Dream' and his First TV 'Wit and Wisdom' also in 1948. And Up until 2004 starring on TV in 'Five Children and It'.
He also starred in the longest running sitcom in TV history 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
Sub Titles: None
Region: Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 101 minutes
Amazon price: £9.99