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Director  Darcy Conyers
Country  United Kingdom
6/10 IMDb

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Language  English
The Night We Dropped a Clanger movie poster
Release date  1959 (1959)
Writer  John T. Chapman (original screenplay)

The Night We Dropped a Clanger is a 1959 British comedy thriller film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, William Hartnell and Leslie Phillips. A British secret agent takes part in a secret operation in occupied France during the Second World War. It was released as Make Mine a Double in the United States.

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The movie takes place during WWII. A dashing British RAF Officer is earmarked for a secret mission behind enemy lines in occupied France, but wishing to distract the enemy, enlists a person to double for him and thereby draw attention to North Africa . An unlikely airman is found and tutored in the ways of an English officer.

Plot

During the Second World War, the British government hands out a top-secret mission to two look-alikes, an airman and a secret agent (both played by Rix). The airman is instructed to impersonate the agent to confuse the Germans, while the real agent must enter occupied France to spy on the new buzz bombs. Unfortunately, their orders get mixed up and the airman ends up in France. When he is accidentally fired back to England inside one of the defused bombs, the airman becomes a national hero. Meanwhile the real agent tries in vain to prove his true identity.

Cast

  • Brian Rix – Aircraftsman Arthur Atwood/Wing Commander Blenkinsop
  • Cecil Parker – Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bertram Bukpasser
  • William Hartnell – Sergeant Bright
  • Leslie Phillips – Squadron Leader Thomas
  • Leo Franklyn – Sergeant Belling
  • John Welsh – Squadron Leader Grant
  • Toby Perkins – Flight Lieutenant Spendel
  • Liz Fraser – Lulu
  • Vera Pearce - Madame Grilby
  • Sarah Branch - WAAF Hawkins
  • Irene Handl – Mrs. Billingsgate
  • Hattie Jacques – Ada
  • Andrew Sachs – Briggs
  • Critical reception

    SKY Movies wrote, "a typically rickety British farce of the late Fifties, a time when the Carry Ons were gaining their first foothold. This is a sort of Carry On Flying: Brian Rix has a field day in a dual role and theres even William Hartnell, giving his comic all as yet another barking sergeant. Broad, unpolished, lowbrow fun."

    References

    The Night We Dropped a Clanger Wikipedia
    The Night We Dropped a Clanger IMDb The Night We Dropped a Clanger themoviedb.org


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