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Top of the Form (1953)

Some trouble with gambling forces con man Fortescue to hide out in a boys' school, posing as a professor. When the undisciplined and lazy boys have to pass a few tests, cheating becomes the... See full summary »

Writers:

John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay), Sid Colin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... 'Professor' Fortescue
Harry Fowler ... Albert
Anthony Newley ... Percy
Alfie Bass ... Artie Jones
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Bagshot
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dickson
Richard Wattis ... Willoughby-Gore
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Pugley
Jacqueline Pierreux ... Ivette
Roland Curram ... Terence
Terence Mitchell Terence Mitchell ... Clarence
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Septimus
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... The Dean
Martin Benson ... Cliquot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Green ... Bookies thug
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Some trouble with gambling forces con man Fortescue to hide out in a boys' school, posing as a professor. When the undisciplined and lazy boys have to pass a few tests, cheating becomes the only option. Written by Lars Skogan

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school | mistaken identity | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gi' den gas, professor See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

'Professor' Fortescue: You're going to pass this examination by 'ook or by crook.
Albert: We'll do it by crook - it's easier...
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Connections

Remake of Good Morning, Boys (1937) See more »

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6 September 2011 | by johnpemberySee all my reviews

I was actually an extra in this film, as a schoolboy earning some holiday money. Even to me the scenes I was involved in seemed very contrived, and less funny than I would have hoped, following retakes. For instance Ronald Shiner had problems saying "Dickory Dock", rhyming slang for clock, and that scene was shot 21 times before Carstairs was satisfied. It was the first time I had seen Ronnie Corbett, and it is amazing how his stellar career has taken off since those early days. I filled in the school holidays with a lot of film extra work, and in my memory, this seemed the most laboured production, and reviewing the film after more than fifty years, this comes through on scree.


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