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 Sunday 21st June at 10:30am 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

Genre
Film
Released
1956
Starring
Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Raymond Huntley, Colin Gordon, Avril Angers, John Chandos and others
Writers
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
Director
Robert Day
Producers
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
A
Duration
80 minutes
Release date
1956
Distributor

British Lion

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Upcoming repeats
  1. Sunday 21st June at 10:30am on TPTV

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