The Comedy Man

1964

Directed By

Alvin Rakoff

Synopsis

An overlooked gem featuring a career-best performance from Kenneth More (The Galloping Major, We Joined the Navy) The Comedy Man is a bittersweet depiction of the liffe of a struggling actor in Swinging 1960s London. Skilfully directed by Alvin Rakoff (Say Hello to Yesterday, A Voyage Round my Father), this often-forgotten example of the late British New Wave features an outstanding supporting cast including Cecil Parker (The Ladykillers, I was Monty’s Double), Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, School For Scoundrels), Edmund Purdom (Pieces, The Parodical) and Billie Whitelaw (The Sleeping Tiger, Payroll).

Fired from his job in repertory theatre after seducing the producer’s wife, Chick Byrd (Kenneth More) moves to London. At 40 years old, he realises this is his last chance to make it as an actor. After moving into digs in London with Julian (Edmund Purdom), a fellow actor, Julian’s career soars after a successful screen test, but Chick’s meets with continued failure. After a tumultuous event, Chick finally gets a break and finds the fame he has always craved, but even with a healthy bank balance, celebrity and settled way of life, Chick needs to finally face the truth.

Cast
Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Norman Rossington, Angela Douglas, Edmund Purdom, Jacqueline Hill and Frank Finlay
Other Credits

Based on the novel by Douglas Hayes

Written by Peter Yeldham

Release Date
18 March 2024
extras
  • New The Show Must Go On: An Interview with Alvin Rakoff
  • New More to the Point: An Interview with Neil Sinyard
  • Trailer
Restoration Details

For the 2024 restoration of The Comedy Man, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original camera negative which was scanned and restored in 4K to produce a brand new HD master

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