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The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 December 1956 (France)
Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Day, Basil Dearden (uncredited)

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Frank Launder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Hawkins
George Cole ... William Blake
Terry-Thomas ... Charles Boughtflower
Jill Adams ... Ann Vincent
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Gregory Upshott
Colin Gordon ... Reginald Willoughby-Cruft
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Marigold
Eileen Moore ... Joan Wood
Dora Bryan ... Lily
John Chandos John Chandos ... Mc Kechnie
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Sergeant Bassett
Richard Wattis ... Doctor
Vivien Wood Vivien Wood ... Leader of Trio
Marie Burke ... Felicity
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Annabel
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Storyline

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is off for some hanky-panky at the Green Man on the south coast, where Hawkins is planning to retire him for good. But before he can get on with this the hit-man has a procession of unwanted visitors at home to dispose of - one way or another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

The Kind of Picture the British Have a Way With...Things Like Very Merry Murders...Very Unusual Characters...Very Sly Sex...And All Combined in an Uproar of Laughs and Suspense

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassino di fiducia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grenadier Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene in which George Cole tries to phone the police and Alastair Sim tries to stop him was improvised. See more »

Goofs

When the radio is "spinning" through the air, the wires holding it at each corner are visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hawkins: Ah! School days. The happiest days of one's life. I was a carefree innocent lad in those far off times. Only one thing clouded my youthful spirits: my abominable headmaster. Really, all I did was to put an electric charge in his fountain pen and an explosive in the inkpot. I honestly only intended to humiliate him. However, that got rid of him, and it also disposed of any doubts I may have had about my true vocation.
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Connections

Referenced in The Diplomatic Corpse (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Gaudeamus igitur
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard when the school photo is seen at the start of the film.
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A classic black comedy film...................
1 November 2000 | by walmingtonSee all my reviews

A top cast starting with Alastir Sim, George Cole and Terry Thomas. Sim plays the pretty evil hitman, Harry Hawkins who is foiled in his quest to blow up a politician by vacuum cleaner salesman William Blake (George Cole). The plot twists and turns to such an extent that it's quite hard to follow, but brilliant all the same. Terry Thomas appears for only about 20 minutes, but adds a hint of magic to the whole film. As always Sim and Cole work together brilliantly on screen and it's just a funny, quite creepy, good film.


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