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Man of the Moment (1955)

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

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Maurice Cowan (original story), Vernon Sylvaine (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Norman
Lana Morris ... Penny
Belinda Lee ... Sonia
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Jackson
Karel Stepanek ... Lom
Garry Marsh ... British Delegate
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... King of Tawaki
Evelyn Roberts Evelyn Roberts ... Sir Horace
Violet Farebrother ... Queen of Tawaki
Martin Miller ... Swiss Tailor
Eugene Deckers ... Day Lift Man
Hugh Morton Hugh Morton ... Mitchell
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... British Delegate
Lisa Gastoni ... Chambermaid
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Enrico
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Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich und der Herr Minister See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons,living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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References The Grove Family (1954) See more »

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Man of the Moment
By Jack Fishman
Sung by The Beverley Sisters
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If only they could make 'em like that now !
14 September 2005 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that harks back to the days when people KNEW how to make entertaining comedy as opposed to the sophisticated, bitter and indigestible bilge turned out nowadays ! I have it on DVD and have watched it countless times. It is a cute and feel good film, with a touch of romance. Norman Wisdom is an exceedingly nice person and his "fraîcheur de vivre" is clearly evident in these, his early works.

Humour is obviously a very subjective thing and today's audience, or part of them at least, supposedly sophisticated, but in reality cynical ,bitter, lost and searching for a meaning and a direction to their life will no doubt tax Norman Wisdom as pathetic, silly, childish, heavy-handed, over the top .......the terms abound nowadays ! But that is their sad loss !! I for one, love this stuff and lap it up like a thirsty dog. And why not indeed ! When I am feeling miserable or down in the dumps, I put one of these on and .......Hop ! tout va bien ! ( pardon my French ).

That said, Man of The Moment is one of his better films plot wise and the dose of gestural humour, plot inventiveness, romance and action is just right for the spectator. Really enjoyable. When I see a film like this, I think "Thank God for British Cinema of the Fifties" for I don't know whether I'll still be alive if and when a renaissance of this genre comes !


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