Release date1959 (1959) WriterJohn 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.
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.
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.
Brian Rix â€“ Aircraftsman Arthur Atwood/Wing Commander Blenkinsop
Cecil Parker â€“ Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bertram Bukpasser
William Hartnell â€“ Sergeant Bright
Leslie Phillips â€“ Squadron Leader Thomas
Leo Franklyn â€“ Sergeant Belling
John Welsh â€“ Squadron Leader Grant
Toby Perkins â€“ Flight Lieutenant Spendel
Liz Fraser â€“ Lulu
Vera Pearce - Madame Grilby
Sarah Branch - WAAF Hawkins
Irene Handl â€“ Mrs. Billingsgate
Hattie Jacques â€“ Ada
Andrew Sachs â€“ Briggs
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."