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The Square Peg

1958 1h 29m Comedy List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A World War II street laborer (Norman Wisdom) uses his resemblance to a Nazi officer when he is drafted into the British army and captured by German troops. Read More Read Less
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MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Norman Wisdom is too unrelaxed, too self-conscious as yet, to be one of the great screen comedians. Sep 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member LOL, funny and kissing scenes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Another outing for Pitkin and Mr Grimsdale in this loveable romp in occupied France during WW2. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member An incredibly funny comedy about a simpleton who after working for municipality in road construction gets enrolled to His Majesty's engineering corps to fight Germans on the French territory. He find himself in a whole bunch of awkward situations and regardless of his seeming lack of wit copes with them better than you could ever expect. Nearly all the means of getting the audience aching with laughter available to the filmmakers by the time the film was shot were amply used, and Norman Wisdom plays magnificently well. A small romantic episode adds a third dimension to this B&W comedy galore. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member "Mr Grimsdale!" I remember really enjoying this when I first saw it... but I was only 9 years old. Unfortunately it hasn't improved with age. Sorry, but slapstick isn't funny any more. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member cheeky & witty this brit comedy shines Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a film of two half's really, the first half is like most of the other Norman Wisdom films, very slap stick comedy, and not that intelligent. I do like the slap stick stuff, and Norman is one of the best at it, I love the scene where he is hiding in the hole shouting out orders as the military are trying to do their marching. The second half of the film is quite serious, Norman ends up in France and gets captured, he looks identical to the German in charge, played by Norman of course. But having two different characters in the film makes the story very interesting, and more of a drama than a comedy. It also shows that although Norman is extremely good at comic roles, his also a brilliant straight actor too, later in life in television work he would prove how great a straight actor he is. This is one of the best early Wisdom films, and everything seems to gel well here, this is must see film, and worth taking seriously. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A World War II street laborer (Norman Wisdom) uses his resemblance to a Nazi officer when he is drafted into the British army and captured by German troops.
Director
John Paddy Carstairs
Producer
Hugh Stewart
Screenwriter
Henry Blyth, Jack Davies, Eddie Leslie, Norman Wisdom
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 29m
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