The Green Man. Harry Hawkins (Alastair Sim).

The Green Man

1956 British comedy film about a hitman. Stars Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Raymond Huntley and others.

On TV on Thursday 30th September at 10:05am on TPTV

The Green Man. Image shows from L to R: William Blake (George Cole), Harry Hawkins (Alastair Sim).

The Green Man

A hapless vacuum cleaner salesman stumbles upon a professional hitman's plot to kill a leading public figure

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

Production Details

UK certificate
80 minutes
Release date

British Lion

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Upcoming repeats
  1. Thursday 30th September at 10:05am on TPTV

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