DirectorRobert Day, Basil Dearden WriterFrank Launder, Sidney Gilliat Release date1956 Initial releaseSeptember 18, 1956 (United Kingdom) ScreenplayFrank Launder, Sidney Gilliat CastAlastair Sim (Hawkins), George Cole (William Blake), Terry-Thomas (Charles Boughtflower), Jill Adams (Ann Vincent), Raymond Huntley (Sir Gregory Upshott) Similar moviesTerry-Thomas and George Cole appear in The Green Man and Too Many Crooks
TaglineThe 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
The Green Man is a 1956 British black comedy film based on the play Meet a Body by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, who produced and adapted the big-screen version.
Freelance assassin Hawkins (Sim) is contracted to blow up Sir Gregory Upshott, a Cabinet minister (Huntley), and to that end he feigns courtship of Upshott's secretary, Marigold (Angers). He decides to do the deed at the Green Man Hotel, where Upshott will be spending an illicit weekend. However, Hawkins' plan is accidentally uncovered by vacuum cleaner salesman Blake (Cole) who forges an unlikely alliance with Ann (Adams) who is engaged to a rather stuffy BBC announcer, Willoughby-Cruft (Gordon). That relationship breaks down when Willoughby-Cruft finds his fiancée under their bed with Blake and later, in her lingerie, accidentally entangled on the floor with him. There are some romantic, and some not-at-all romantic, interludes as Hawkins tries to deliver his bomb.
Alastair Sim as Harry Hawkins
George Cole as William Blake
Terry-Thomas as Charles Boughtflower
Jill Adams as Ann Vincent
Raymond Huntley as Sir Gregory Upshott
Colin Gordon as Reginald Willoughby-Cruft
Avril Angers as Marigold
Dora Bryan as Lily
John Chandos as McKechnie
Cyril Chamberlain as Police Sergeant Bassett
Richard Wattis as Doctor
Lucy Griffiths as Annabel
Arthur Brough as Landlord
Arthur Lowe as Radio salesman
Eileen Moore as Sir Gregory's weekend companion, Joan Moore
Alexander Gauge as Chairman
Peter Bull as General Niva
Willoughby Goddard as Statesman
Michael Ripper as Waiter
Marie Burke as Felicity
Cole's then wife, Eileen Moore, appeared in the film as the typist with whom Upshott has a liaison.
The film, rated U, has been re-released on Region 2 DVD with School for Scoundrels.
The film was produced some 13 years prior to a Kingsley Amis novel The Green Man. There are no connections between the two.