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You Must Be Joking! (1965 film)

You Must Be Joking! is a 1965 black and white British comedy film directed by Michael Winner and starring Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries, and Denholm Elliott.

You Must Be Joking!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Winner
Screenplay byAlan Hackney
Jan Read
from a story by Michael Winner
Produced byCharles H. Schneer
StarringMichael Callan
Lionel Jeffries
Denholm Elliott
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited byBernard Gribble
Music byLaurie Johnson
Production
company
Ameran
Distributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release date
3 August 1965 (London)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The format of the film, four people each doing six tasks linked to a scavenger hunt, allows for 24 otherwise somewhat unconnected comedy vignettes, which jointly create the story line. The items (representing British identity) include flying ducks for the wall, an English rose, the Spirit of Ecstasy from a Rolls-Royce, an electric hare from a greyhound race and the Lutine Bell. It is unclear how a lock of hair from a French pop singer is "essentially English".

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Major Foskett (Terry Thomas), a British Army psychologist, assembles four soldiers for a testing task

The four are - Sergeant Major McGregor (complete with kilt and bearskin), Captain Tabasco, Sergeant Clegg (a father of nine), Staff Sergeant Mansfield - and United States Air Force Lieutenant Morton have their initiative tested in a scavenger hunt.

Their first task is to escape a maze. Tabasco orders up a helicopter to take him out and two others take a ride but Clegg is left in the maze.

They are instructed to obtain six symbols of the British way of life. The reward for the winner is to be fast-tracked for promotion and a ten-day, all-expenses-paid trip around the world for two. Among the feats to be accomplished within 48 hours are escaping from a maze, retrieving a rare rose and the mascot from a Rolls-Royce motorcar, and procurement of a lock of hair and an autograph from a popular French singer. The final challenge involves the famous Lutine bell from the Underwriting Room of Lloyd's of London. MacGregor arrives at the finish line by parachute, Tabasco comes in an ambulance, Clegg digs his way in from below. Morton arrives last (by car) but is declared the winner and resigns.

General Lockwood is arrested for misuse of the requisition system. Foskett is arrested for conspiracy to steal the Lutine Bell.

The film was based on an original story by Michael Winner which was inspired by a real army initiative test where soldiers were asked to get as far away as possible from their camp at Catterick. He hired Alan Hackney, who had written several Boulting Brothers screenplays, to write the script.

While looking for finance, Winner was approached to make a movie with the Dave Clark Five but Winner did not like the idea. Charles H. Schneer liked the Hackney script and agreed to make it under a deal he had with Columbia and Winner says he suggested John Boorman take over the Dave Clark movie. Winner said Columbia insisted that Michael Callan play a lead role. Winner called the actor "a nice fellow who didn't sell the film in America and didn't help it in England either."

Winner hired a cameraman who felt they could not film in the locations that had been chosen, so Winner replaced him with Geoff Unsworth. Johnny Speight did some uncredited writing on the film.

Winner says the film received good reviews but was not popular at the box office.

  • TV Guide called the film: "Lunacy and laughs galore, with director Winner's gimmicky style much in evidence."
  • Hal Erickson wrote in The New York Times: "Director Michael Winner was still in his 'mad mod' period when he lensed the wacky goings-on of You Must be Joking? His Death Wish pictures of the 1970s were in 1965 as remote as another galaxy."
  1. YOU MUST BE JOKING! Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 32, Iss. 372, (Jan 1, 1965): 140.
  2. "You Must Be Joking! | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved8 March 2014.
  3. "You Must Be Joking! Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved8 March 2014.
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Winner, Michael (2004). Winner Take All: A life of Sorts (Kindle ed.).

You Must Be Joking! (1965 film)
You Must Be Joking 1965 film Language Watch Edit You Must Be Joking is a 1965 black and white British comedy film directed by Michael Winner and starring Michael Callan Lionel Jeffries and Denholm Elliott 1 You Must Be Joking Theatrical release posterDirected byMichael WinnerScreenplay byAlan Hackney Jan Read from a story by Michael WinnerProduced byCharles H SchneerStarringMichael Callan Lionel Jeffries Denholm ElliottCinematographyGeoffrey UnsworthEdited byBernard GribbleMusic byLaurie JohnsonProduction companyAmeranDistributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation UK Release date3 August 1965 London Running time100 minutesCountryUnited KingdomLanguageEnglish The format of the film four people each doing six tasks linked to a scavenger hunt allows for 24 otherwise somewhat unconnected comedy vignettes which jointly create the story line The items representing British identity include flying ducks for the wall an English rose the Spirit of Ecstasy from a Rolls Royce an electric hare from a greyhound race and the Lutine Bell It is unclear how a lock of hair from a French pop singer is essentially English Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 References 6 External linksPlot EditMajor Foskett Terry Thomas a British Army psychologist assembles four soldiers for a testing task The four are Sergeant Major McGregor complete with kilt and bearskin Captain Tabasco Sergeant Clegg a father of nine Staff Sergeant Mansfield and United States Air Force Lieutenant Morton have their initiative tested in a scavenger hunt Their first task is to escape a maze Tabasco orders up a helicopter to take him out and two others take a ride but Clegg is left in the maze They are instructed to obtain six symbols of the British way of life The reward for the winner is to be fast tracked for promotion and a ten day all expenses paid trip around the world for two Among the feats to be accomplished within 48 hours are escaping from a maze retrieving a rare rose and the mascot from a Rolls Royce motorcar and procurement of a lock of hair and an autograph from a popular French singer The final challenge involves the famous Lutine bell from the Underwriting Room of Lloyd s of London 2 3 MacGregor arrives at the finish line by parachute Tabasco comes in an ambulance Clegg digs his way in from below Morton arrives last by car but is declared the winner and resigns General Lockwood is arrested for misuse of the requisition system Foskett is arrested for conspiracy to steal the Lutine Bell Cast EditMichael Callan Lieutenant Timothy Morton Lionel Jeffries Sergeant Major Sidney McGregor Denholm Elliott Captain Fitzroy Tabasco Wilfrid Hyde White General Lockwood Bernard Cribbins Sergeant Clegg Terry Thomas Major Foskett James Robertson Justice Librarian Gabriella Licudi Annabelle Nash Leslie Phillips Young husband Mr Walters Gwendolyn Watts Young wife Mrs Ducks Walters Patricia Viterbo Sylvie Tarnet a pop singer Lee Montague Staff Sergeant Mansfield Irene Handl Elderly Woman Richard Wattis Parkins Miles Malleson Salesman Clive Dunn Doorman at Tv Studio Tracy Reed Poppy Pennington James Villiers Bill Simpson Graham Stark McGregor s Suez comrade Ronald Howard Cecil Arthur Lowe Husband Joan Benham Wife Lance Percival Shifty Man Peter Bull Ferocious Man in Library Peter Barkworth Recording Studio Manager Norman Vaughan Norman Stone Jon Pertwee Greyhound Stadium storeman Peter Gilmore Private gardening duty in greenhouse Ed Bishop US Air Force Soldier at Checkpoint uncredited Richard Caldicot M O D official uncredited Damaris Hayman Fan Club Employee uncredited John Horsley Lloyd s Director uncredited Victor Brooks commissionaire uncredited Peter Barkworth Television Studio Director uncredited Dave Watts keyboards Ricky Ticky Taylor Pop StarProduction EditThe film was based on an original story by Michael Winner which was inspired by a real army initiative test where soldiers were asked to get as far away as possible from their camp at Catterick He hired Alan Hackney who had written several Boulting Brothers screenplays to write the script 4 While looking for finance Winner was approached to make a movie with the Dave Clark Five but Winner did not like the idea Charles H Schneer liked the Hackney script and agreed to make it under a deal he had with Columbia and Winner says he suggested John Boorman take over the Dave Clark movie Winner said Columbia insisted that Michael Callan play a lead role Winner called the actor a nice fellow who didn t sell the film in America and didn t help it in England either 5 Winner hired a cameraman who felt they could not film in the locations that had been chosen so Winner replaced him with Geoff Unsworth Johnny Speight did some uncredited writing on the film 6 Reception EditWinner says the film received good reviews but was not popular at the box office 7 TV Guide called the film Lunacy and laughs galore with director Winner s gimmicky style much in evidence 3 Hal Erickson wrote in The New York Times Director Michael Winner was still in his mad mod period when he lensed the wacky goings on ofYou Must be Joking His Death Wish pictures of the 1970s were in 1965 as remote as another galaxy 8 References Edit YOU MUST BE JOKING Monthly Film Bulletin London Vol 32 Iss 372 Jan 1 1965 140 You Must Be Joking BFI BFI Explore bfi org uk Archived from the original on 13 July 2012 Retrieved 8 March 2014 a b You Must Be Joking Review Movies tvguide com Retrieved 8 March 2014 Winner loc 1562 of 5856 Winner loc 1567 of 5856 Winner loc 1573 of 5856 Winner loc 1609 of 5856 Hal Erickson 2014 You Must Be Joking Trailer Cast Showtimes Movies amp TV Dept The New York Times Archived from the original on 6 March 2014 Retrieved 8 March 2014 Winner Michael 2004 Winner Take All A life of Sorts Kindle ed External links EditYou Must Be Joking at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title You Must Be Joking 1965 film amp oldid 1053144256, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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