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Postman's Knock (1962)

| Comedy | March 1962 (UK)
Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he ... See full summary »

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Harold Petts
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Jean
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P.C. Woods (as John Woods)
Archie Duncan ...
Inspector
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Rupert
Lance Percival ...
Joe
Arthur Mullard ...
Sam
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Pete
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Mr. Fordyce
Miles Malleson ...
Psychiatrist
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Postman (as Wilfred Lawson)
Mario Fabrizi ...
Villager
Bob Todd ...
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Likeable country postman Harold Petts gets transferred from his village to London, where on his arrival he unwittingly foils a mail train robbery. Innocent in the ways of the big city, he is thought to be a member of another gang by both the train robbers and the police, who all suspect him of trying to rob the post office where he works. Petts however gains notoriety in the post office by his ability to outperform the new mechanization which the sorting office has recently installed. Harold becomes a hero when he thwarts the robbers once more when they attempt to steal a mail-bag containing used bank notes which are being returned for destruction. As his reward, Harold gets promoted back to his home village as Postmaster. Written by Steve Smith <sp.smith@virgin.net>

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Postman's Knock
Music by Ron Goodwin
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Incompetent
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught this one on Turner Classic Movies late one night. They scheduled it to follow "Ossessione," the Italian version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice." Apparently some scheduling wonk thought it would be clever to follow that with "Postman's Knock." Since it stars Spike Milligan, whose British TV classic "Goon Show" is widely known to have been an inspiration for the Monty Python troupe, I figured it might be worth watching.

Wrong. It's basically an incompetent movie about an incompetent postman working for an incompetent postal service who is mistaken by an incompetent police force to be a member of an incompetent gang of criminals. It's a shame their lack of competence couldn't at least be a little bit funny now and then.

If you're looking for great British comedy from this era, check out Alec Guiness & Peter Sellers in "The Ladykillers" (not the foul-mouthed Tom Hanks remake) and stay far, far away from this thing.


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