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The Rebel (1961 film)

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Genre  Comedy
Country  United Kingdom
7.5/10 IMDb

Director  Robert Day
Music director  Frank Cordell
Language  English
The Rebel (1961 film) movie poster
Writer  Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, Tony Hancock
Release date  2 March 1961, World Premiere London (UK)
Initial release  March 7, 1961 (United Kingdom)
Screenplay  Tony Hancock, Alan Simpson, Ray Galton
Cast  Tony Hancock (Anthony Hancock), George Sanders (Sir Charles Broward), Dennis Price (Jim Smith), John Le Mesurier (Office manager)
Similar movies  Related Robert Day movies
Tagline  Watch Out Picasso... Here Comes Tony Hancock!

Premiere of the rebel 1961

The Rebel (US title: Call Me Genius) is a 1961 satirical comedy film about the clash between bourgeois and bohemian cultures. Starring the British comedian Tony Hancock, it was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. The film was made by Associated British Picture Corporation and distributed by Warner-Pathé (ABPC's distribution arm).


The Rebel (1961 film) movie scenes

Premiere of the rebel 1961


The Rebel (1961 film) movie scenes

Hancock plays a disaffected London office clerk who gives up his office job to pursue full-time his vocation as an artist. Single-mindedly, and with an enthusiasm far exceeding any artistic talent, he sets to work on his supposed masterpiece Aphrodite at the Waterhole, moving to Paris where he expects his genius will be appreciated. While his ideas and persona gain acceptance (indeed plaudits) among the "beat" set, legitimate art critics, like Sir Charles Broward (George Sanders), scoff at his work. He manages to achieve success, however, when the work of his former roommate, a genuinely talented painter, becomes confused with his own. The confusion is eventually resolved after a series of art exhibitions, and he returns to London, where he pursues his 'art' in defiance of whatever others may think of it.


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  • Tony Hancock...Anthony Hancock
  • George Sanders...Sir Charles Broward
  • Paul Massie...Paul
  • Margit Saad...Margot
  • Grégoire Aslan...Carreras
  • Dennis Price...Jim Smith
  • Irene Handl...Mrs. Crevatte
  • John Le Mesurier...Office manager
  • Liz Fraser...Waitress
  • Mervyn Johns...Manager of Art Gallery
  • Peter Bull...Manager of Art Gallery
  • Nanette Newman...Josey
  • Marie Burke...Madame Laurent
  • Oliver Reed...Artist in Cafe
  • Mario Fabrizi...Coffee Bar attendant
  • Bernard Rebel...Art dealer
  • Production, themes and responses

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    The Rebel attempts to transfer Hancock's TV comedy persona to the big screen, and several regular supporting cast members of Hancock's Half Hour also appeared, including John Le Mesurier, Liz Fraser and Mario Fabrizi. The since demolished railway station used at the beginning of the film was Bingham Road in the Croydon suburb of Addiscombe, named Fortune Green South in the film.

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    In The Rebel, existentialist themes are explored by mocking Parisian intellectual life and portraying the pretensions of the English middle class. Galton and Simpson had previously satirised pseudo-intellectuals in the Hancock's Half Hour radio episode "The Poetry Society" (1959), in which Hancock attempts to imitate the style of the pretentious poets and fails, and is infuriated when his idiot friend Bill does the same and wins their enthusiastic approval.

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    The film also includes scenes parodying modern art. The scene showing Hancock splashing paint onto a canvas and riding a bike over it is a lampoon of the work of Action Painter, William Green while the childlike paintings of Hancock, referred to as the 'infantile school' or the 'shapeist school' parody the naive style.

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    The Rebel had its British premiere at the Plaza Cinema in London's West End on 2 March 1961, following a screening at the Beirut Film Festival. An anonymous reviewer in The Times at the time of the film's British release said Hancock had "made the transition from small to large screen" in this film "with gratifying success". According to the Motion Picture Herald, the film was the 6th most popular movie at the UK box office in 1961. It was not well received in the USA. Bosley Crowther in The New York Times found it to be derivative. Hancock though was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award in 1962 as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles'.'

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    In 2002, the London Institute of 'Pataphysics organised an exhibition consisting of recreations of all the art works seen in the film.


    The Rebel (1961 film) The Book Tower

    On Mrs. Crevatte seeing one of Hancock's pictures on the wall:

  • Mrs. Crevatte; What's this 'orrible thing?
  • Hancock; That, is a self-portrait.
  • Mrs. Crevatte; Who of?
  • Hancock; Laurel and Hardy!!
  • On Mrs. Crevatte first encountering Hancock's Aphrodite at the Waterhole

  • Mrs. Crevatte; Here, have you been having models up here - have there been naked women in my establishment?
  • Hancock; Of course there haven't. I can't afford thirty-bob an hour. I did that from memory. That is women as I see them.
  • Mrs. Crevatte; Oh! ... You poor man!
  • The abstract expressionist painting scene:

  • Hancock: It's worth 2000 quid of anybody's money that is!
  • As he takes his leave of the Paris Art World at his final exhibition:

  • Hancock: Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day. I'm off! I know what I was cut out to do and I should have done it long ago. YOU'RE ALL RAVING MAD!! None of you know what you're looking at. You wait 'til I'm dead, you'll see I was right!
  • References

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