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Man of the Moment (1955 film)

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Director  John Paddy Carstairs
Music director  Philip Green
Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Producer  Hugh Stewart
Country  United Kingdom
Man of the Moment (1955 film) movie poster
Release date  24 November 1955
Writer  Maurice Cowan (original story), Vernon Sylvaine (screenplay), John Paddy Carstairs (screenplay)
Cast  Norman Wisdom (Norman), Lana Morris (Penny), Belinda Lee (Sonia), Jerry Desmonde (Jackson)
Similar movies  Related John Paddy Carstairs movies

Man of the Moment is a 1955 comedy film starring Norman Wisdom, Belinda Lee, Lana Morris and Jerry Desmonde. The film includes songs sung by the Beverley Sisters, including, "Dreams for Sale" (Arthur Groves, Peter Carroll), "Beware" (Norman Wisdom), "Yodelee Yodelay," and "Man of the Moment" (Jack Fishman).


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Man of the Moment (1955 film) movie scenes

Norman, a file clerk in the (fictional) British Ministry of Overseas Affairs, becomes a British delegate to a diplomatic conference in Geneva, as there's no-one else available. He accidentally votes against a motion that would allow intervention in the affairs of the peaceful Pacific island nation of Tawaki. This earns him the gratitude of the Queen of Tawaki, who leaves all matters concerning her nation's future in the hands of 'Honourable Sir Norman'.

Man of the Moment (1955 film) movie scenes

The furious governments who want to establish a military base on one of Tawaki's outlying islands, including America, Great Britain and the Soviet Union, shower honours on Norman to persuade him to influence the Queen in their favour. One government sends a glamorous film star to seduce him before killing him, but fails in the attempt. He is then sent a parcel bomb, but he evades it. Finally, they kidnap his new girlfriend Penny. Norman chases the thugs through BBC studios, causing chaos in programmes being transmitted live.

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Finally, Norman, now apparently an Ambassador, travels to Tawaki. As he addresses the Queen, a volcanic eruption completely destroys the island the governments had designs on.


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  • Norman Wisdom as Norman
  • Lana Morris as Penny
  • Belinda Lee as Sonia
  • Jerry Desmonde as Jackson
  • Karel Štěpánek as Lom
  • Garry Marsh as British Delegate
  • Inia Te Wiata as King of Tawaki
  • Evelyn Roberts as Sir Horace
  • Violet Farebrother as Queen of Tawaki
  • Martin Miller as Swiss Tailor
  • Eugene Deckers as Day Lift Man
  • Hugh Morton as Mitchell
  • Cyril Chamberlain as British Delegate
  • Lisa Gastoni as Chambermaid
  • Harold Kasket as Enrico
  • Beverley Brooks as Air Hostess
  • Michael Ward as Photographer
  • Derek Sydney as Lesnevitch
  • Peter Taylor as Gritter
  • Josef Behrmann as Rietz
  • Charles Hawtrey, play director
  • Trivia

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    The television programmes interrupted by Norman chasing the thugs who kidnapped Penny comprise;

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  • a cookery session by Philip Harben, whose nearly-ready souffle is destroyed.
  • A scene from The Grove Family, in which 'Granny Grove' trips up the thugs.
  • Fabian of the Yard, in which 'Fabian' attempts to arrest them.
  • A scene from a Greek play is disrupted.
  • Critical reception

  • TV Guide noted, "some fine slapstick moments, including a television studio chase that interrupts several programs."
  • David Parkinson gave the film three out of five stars in the Radio Times, writing, "Norman Wisdom is almost at the peak of his powers in this typically silly comedy, in which, as ever, slapstick and sentiment jostle for centre stage....Although we usually think of Wisdom as a bashful bungler, he also did a nice line in cockiness, and it's surprisingly amusing to watch Whitehall and Geneva dance to his tune. Jerry Desmonde again provides supreme support as the stooge."
  • References

    Man of the Moment (1955 film) Wikipedia
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