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Bottoms Up (1960)

| Comedy | 1962 (USA)
Jimmy Edwards reprises his TV and radio role as the Professor trying to control a school full of naughty boys.


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Michael Pertwee (screenplay), Frank Muir (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Professor Jim Edwards
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Pettigrew
Martita Hunt ... Lady Gore-Willoughby
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Sid Biggs (as Sidney Tafler)
Raymond Huntley ... Garrick-Jones
Reginald Beckwith ... Bishop Wendover
Vanda Hudson Vanda Hudson ... Matron (as Vanda)
Melvyn Hayes ... Cecil Biggs
Mitch Mitchell Mitch Mitchell ... Wendover (as John Mitchell)
Donald Hewlett ... Hamley
Richard Briers ... Colbourne
Neil Wilson ... Hackforth
Gordon Phillott Gordon Phillott ... Dinwiddie
John Wilder John Wilder ... Roebuck
Graham Tonbridge Graham Tonbridge ... Pelbrook


Jimmy Edwards reprises his TV and radio role as the Professor trying to control a school full of naughty boys.

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1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite playing a schoolboy, Melvyn Hayes was actually 24 years old at the time of production. See more »


When the boys are rioting in the school yard, they are deemed to be using radio controlled model planes to attack the teachers. As the models fly low over the top of the teachers who are crawling low along the ground, (it would not be allowed these days) the models are clearly not radio controlled models, but rather the control line variety. Their circular flight path makes this very obvious. See more »


Spun-off from Whack-O! (1956) See more »


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Music by Kenneth Alford
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Whacking great fun!
23 February 2019 | by e-tullett784See all my reviews

One of the most under - rated of 1950s British film comedies, 'Bottoms up', is a spin - off from the TV series 'Whacko', and an early example of the new fast developing genre, television, spawning a 90 minute offering for the cinema, the latter sadly in decline at the time.

'Bottoms up' must have delighted the beleaguered cinema goers of 1959, and is still a delight to watchers on DVD six decades later. The central characters are perfectly cast. 'Professor' Jimmy Edwards (an Oxbridge MA in real life) reprises his role of the blustering, cane - welding headmaster who only succeeds in whacking his Assistant Headmaster, the latter played to hapless, dithering perfection by Arthur Howard. Martita Hunt is the new Chair of Governors who threatens a 'regime change' unless there is a marked turn around in the school's fortunes, another memorable 'battle axe' performance by the screen's best Miss Havisham.

The plot is the hoary old chestnut of a foreign prince enrolling in the school, an idea lifted from 'The Belles of St Trinians', five years earlier (naturally a princess on that occasion). However, its treatment in this film is hilarious, Melvyn Hayes as a fake prince with a marked cockney accent, caped in oodles of brown face paint. Naturally, the real prince turns up!

In truth, the rather wobbly storyline doesn't really matter: a sparkling script (Muir and Norden much in evidence), extremely effective interactions of the characters, and first rate, highly authentic sets all contribute to an eminently watchable film. It's also a fascinating experience for imdb aficionados. Look out for future comedy great Richard Briers, as the new master, and take a good look at the 'leader' of the boys - yes, it really is Mitch Mitchell, legendary drummer for Jimi Hendrix, aged 12, sporting a short back and sides!

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