The Green Man. Harry Hawkins (Alastair Sim)
The Green Man

The Green Man

  • 1956 film

A hapless vacuum cleaner salesman stumbles upon a professional hitman's plot to kill a leading public figure. Stars Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Raymond Huntley and more.

  • Repeated Friday at 1:25pm on Film4
The Green Man. Image shows from L to R: William Blake (George Cole), Harry Hawkins (Alastair Sim)

Key details

Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Raymond Huntley, Colin Gordon, Avril Angers, John Chandos and more
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
Robert Day
Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Leslie Gilliat

Harry Hawkins is a mild-mannered watchmaker by day - but in reality the majority of his income comes from his longer-term work as a professional hitman for hire.

Specialising in bumping off those bloated and important figures - ambassadors, dictators, industrialists and the like - his latest client is a Middle Eastern group who wish Sir Gregory Upshott to be dispatched with before he can visit the region.

After inveigling his way into the affections of Upshott's middle-aged spinster secretary, the plan is arranged: but he had not bargained on a stray sheet of carbon paper arousing her suspicions and causing a visit to Hawkins's home address.

A further mix-up between his cleaner, a vacuum cleaner salesman named William Blake, and the newly-sold property next-door, leads to Blake and the house's new owner, Ann, seeing something they really shouldn't. Piecing two and two together, the pair eventually - and only just - make four, and head hot on the trail of Hawkins and Sir Gregory.

Events build up to a head at a small coastal hotel called The Green Man. With a grumpy hotelier, various couples conducting elicit rendezvous, and a trio of incompetent elderly musicians thrown into the mix, Ann and Blake's frantic search for Sir Gregory gets under way.

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Additional details

UK certificate
80 minutes

British Lion

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Next repeats
  1. Friday at 1:25pm on Film4
  2. Wednesday 13th March at 11am on Film4
Most recent repeats
  • Friday 20th October 2023 at 3:25pm on Film4
  • Thursday 20th July 2023 at 11:00am on Film4
  • Thursday 13th July 2023 at 2:30pm on Film4

Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios

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