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Director  Robert Asher
Music director  Ron Goodwin
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
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Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Jack Davies, Norman Wisdom
Release date  1965
Written by  Jack Davies, Norman Wisdom
Cast  Norman 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 movies  Related Robert Asher movies
Tagline  His 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".

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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).

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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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Reception

    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".

    References

    The Early Bird Wikipedia
    The Early Bird IMDb The Early Bird themoviedb.org


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