One half hour could easily have been cut from the length and the pace of the entire film would have been much better. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producer: ». The plot is full of Finsburys, all of whom want one or the other to die first so they can get a piece of the loot. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes, until everyone is sure that one or both of the brothers has died. You'll delight at the ensemble cast here, which also includes Peter Sellers in one of his zanier roles as the quack doctor utilized to sign a death certificate for Redgrave, who gets the best lines in the film and is extremely funny.
Pratt Peter Sellers - who at the drop of a hat will tell you about how he fell from medical grace to the backstreet he resides in; Peacock Wilfred Lawson , Masterman's butler, who makes the average turtle look like it's turbocharged; the police Detective Tony Hancock - who can't put together a coherent idea if his life depended on it; and. Very few have ever heard of this film, I find, so you can introduce new people to it and get them hooked. The script tries too hard to be funny and the gags come too thick and fast , especially at the end, for the viewer to be able to follow, certainly it is very unlike the slower, more leisurely pace of Stevenson's book. Every second of the script is imbued with tiny, jewelled jabs at the insane social strictures of the age, especially their complete immersion into the rituals of death and the denial of anything sexual. Along the way we meet other characters who are colorful: Dr. It is worth the price of the film simply to see what he does with the kitten and the thermometer No, not what you expect.
With one John Mills on his deathbed, the other Ralph Richardson , a delightfully senile old codger, is out of town, chewing the ear off of anyone he can revel with his plethora of useless knowledge. On the other hand I might have ended up the victim of a fiendish plot by disgruntled relatives. Bryan Forbes's direction is first rate, visually exquisite, and even though the convoluted plot is a bit slow to get started, nicely paced. Michael Caine is young and handsome here. Peter Sellers is wonderful as the venal, disgraced Dr.
An overly silly, often too chaotic but yet still enjoyable little comedy, it is not as much a showcase for the talents of its director as his previous films were, but it is still well done, with some swift bits of editing, excellent sets and costumes, and some good camera-work. He walks away from a train crash, but there's a mix-up, and he's believed dead. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, over a hundred thousand pounds sterling in Victorian England, when a pound was a pound will be theirs. So many excellent English actors and comedians appear in this movie, it's impossible to acknowledge them all. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs. The then old guard is worthily represented by Ralph Richardson as the deliciously exasperating Joseph Finsbury, John Mills as the cranky and cantankerous Masterman, and especially Wilfrid Lawson's unforgettable doddering yet stalwart butler his fellow actor Michael Caine has stated that Lawson is his favorite actor--as well as the favorite actor of every other actor who knew him. Lawson gives a genius performance in a genius film where from the smallest part to the stars, everyone is perfect and almost everything is perfectly executed.
The film is vaguely psychedelic. Yes, he did a good job but, again, his scenes dragged on and were too long. I certainly never thought I'd see a movie chase involving horse-drawn Victorian hearses! The gentle pace picks up near the end with a chase with hearses and beer wagons, and a climax that gathers all the principles in a cemetery in a satisfying conclusion. But, it is not nearly as good as the reviews would indicate. Peter Sellers is irritating in his two scenes as a corrupt and dissolute doctor, while Wilfrid Lawson is even worse as Mills' butler. He is mesmerising, unbelievably funny and it is one of the greatest comedy characterisations I've seen.
His best novels show the ambiguity of character. He is brilliant and restrained. The story picks up at the point where only two of the classmates are still alive: the brothers Masterman and Joseph Finsbury, who rather detest one another. All the actors seem to realize that they must take this sort of comedy seriously -- mugging kills this sort of humor. A perfect performance and truly stupendous in his interactions with his pet kitten! All elements are used flawlessly. .
The right film I like. Mr Forbes shows his customary affection for the British character with all its eccentricities and pulls off the difficult trick of directing with a firm hand whilst displaying a light touch. Peter Sellers is extraordinary and so so funny as Dr. The material itself has both some delightful and funny parts, and generally it is amusing, even though it is often one of two extremes of being either too rushed or too drawn out. Only Nanette Newman the director's wife doesn't seem quite up to her part, being a better actress in modern dress; but she's quite pretty enough and she's good enough not to be utterly lost even in this ensemble of extremely talented actors. I saw it and they were right.
Morris and John have to keep Joseph alive which is not unlikely - he is in good health. Overall, an enjoyable, fast-paced romp. He certainly has a way with kittens and ink! The music in the funeral scene is classic John Barry. Anyone who loves Peter Sellers has to see his Pratt. Joseph does not really care about the tontine, but Masterman wants it - and is willing to speed the demise of Joseph to do it. We watch the group dwindle until only two elderly brothers are left in 1882. Every actor creates a memorable comic portrait: shy, naive, Michael Caine, confused Peter Sellers, vengeful rivals Ralph Richardson and John Mills my favorites , greedy Peter Cooke and randy Dudley Moore and many, many more.
They'll go to great lengths to get at it. But then, I'm a Regency fanatic. It is perhaps more insightful into the sixties than anything! The script and story are hilarious and keep a fast but not rushed pace until the slightly rushed ending which is the only slight shame but it is not a bad ending at all and does not detract from the whole films appeal. We watch the group dwindle until only two brothers are left. Masterman John Mills lives with his grandson Michael Michael Caine , and Joseph with his two greedy nephews Morris and John - Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and his niece Julia Nanette Newman. Pratt is, I believe, the best work he ever did on the screen. Michael is not quite sure what is going on with his irascible grandfather, and Julia just knows she dislikes her two cousins Morris and John but she really likes Michael.
Funny and often laugh out loud hilarious story of two brothers John Mills and Ralph Richardson , one of whom must outlive the other in order to win a Tontine started at their boys school and going to the final survivor of the class. I will mention Mr Hancock principally because he is so poorly represented on film that any opportunity to see world - weary but defiant persona must be seized with alacrity. Established comic actors Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock give performances that carefully-polished little gems. I can feel affinity with the Finsburys because my grandmother was the loser in a Tontine and had she not rather inconsiderately fallen under the wheels of a London Omnibus I might have been heir to a fortune. Mrs Forbes is a particular beneficiary here,glowingly sweet and innocent. It is Stevenson's spoof on mystery and detective fiction.