WriterJack Davies, Norman Wisdom Release date1965 Written byJack Davies, Norman Wisdom CastNorman Wisdom (Norman Pitkin), Edward Chapman (Mr. Thomas Grimsdale), Jerry Desmonde (Mr. Walter Hunter), Paddie O'Neill (Mrs. Gladwys Hoskins), John Le Mesurier (Colonel Foster), Frank Thornton (Drunken Doctor) Similar moviesRelated Robert Asher movies
TaglineHis Latest and Funniest and First Time in Colour
The Early Bird is a 1965 British comedy film directed by Robert Asher and starring Norman Wisdom. It also features Edward Chapman, Bryan Pringle, Richard Vernon, John Le Mesurier and Jerry Desmonde. It was the first Norman Wisdom film to be shot in colour. The title is taken from the expression "the early bird catches the worm".
Wisdom's character works for Grimsdale's Dairy as a milkman, in competition with Consolidated Dairies, an ever-growing rival company under the management of Walter Hunter (played by Jerry Desmonde).
Much of the humour centres on classic slapstick comedy, with Norman encountering various comedic escapades. These include being dragged around Mr. Hunter's garden by an errant lawnmower and using the fire brigade's high pressure hosepipes to blast firemen off their ladders, after being called to a suspected fire at Consolidated Dairies' HQ.
Norman Wisdom as Norman Pitkin
Edward Chapman as Mr. Thomas Grimsdale
Jerry Desmonde as Mr. Walter Hunter
Paddie O'Neil as Mrs. Gladwys Hoskins
Bryan Pringle as Austin
Richard Vernon as Sir Roger Wedgewood
John Le Mesurier as Colonel Foster
Peter Jeffrey as Fire Chief
Penny Morrell as Miss Curry
Marjie Lawrence as Woman in negligee
Frank Thornton as Drunken doctor
Dandy Nichols as Woman flooded by milk
Harry Locke as Commissionaire
Michael Bilton as Nervous Man
Imogen Hassall as Sir Roger's Secretary
The film was one of the 15 most popular movies at the British box office in 1966. TV Guide wrote, "most of the humor is slapstick, predictable, and only vaguely amusing"; while Allmovie called the film a "lively British satire".