Release date1976 (1976) Based ona stage farce by Ray Cooney WriterRay Cooney (original play), Ray Cooney (screenplay) CastLeslie Phillips (Commander Rimmington), Windsor Davies (Constable Pulford), Michele Dotrice (Nancy Rimmington), Don Estelle (Bobby Hargreaves), Carol Hawkins (Barbara Wilcox), Roy Kinnear (Hoskins) Similar moviesNot Now - Comrade and Not Now Darling are part of the same movie series
Not Now, Comrade is a 1976 British comedy film directed by Ray Cooney. It was a follow-up to the similarly named 1973 farce Not Now, Darling. It featured a number of British comedy actors of the era including Leslie Phillips, Windsor Davies, Don Estelle and Ian Lavender. The film was shot at Elstree studios, and was intended as the second in a series of ‘Not Now’ movies, but box office returns for the film, unlike those of its predecessor, were disappointing.
Russian ballet dancer Rudi Petrovyan wants to defect. Unable to reach the British embassy and pursued by the KGB, he hides out with, and falls for, stripper Barbara Wilcox. But Rudi's planned escape in the boot of a Triumph backfires when he climbs into the wrong car, and he ends up in the country home of unsuspecting naval Commander Rimmington (Leslie Phillips).
Leslie Phillips as Commander Rimmington
Roy Kinnear as Hoskins
Windsor Davies as Constable Pulford
Don Estelle as Bobby Hargreaves
Michele Dotrice as Nancy Rimmington
Ray Cooney as Mr. Laver
June Whitfield as Janet Rimmington
Carol Hawkins as Barbara Wilcox
Lewis Fiander as Rudi Petrovyan
Ian Lavender as Gerry Buss
Richard Marner as 1st Russian official
Michael Sharvell-Martin as 2nd Russian official
The British Comedy Guide called the film "a really delightful forgotten gem of British cinema comedy". However, the Radio Times called it a "horrid comedy of errors," adding "for the sake of a hard-working cast, let's draw a discreet Iron Curtain over the whole charade"; while Time Out said it was "from the darkest days of British cinema, a farrago which began life as Cooney's Whitehall farce, Chase Me, Comrade."