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The Night We Dropped A Clanger. Image shows from L to R: Lulu (Liz Fraser), Wing Cmdr. Blenkinsop (Brian Rix). Copyright: Four Star Films.

The Night We Dropped A Clanger

The Night We Dropped A Clanger. Aircraftsman Arthur Atwood (Brian Rix). Copyright: Four Star Films.

The Night We Dropped A Clanger

A Royal Air Force officer plans to fool the Nazis as to his whereabouts by using a double, but the double is accidentally sent on the officer's mission

Genre
Film
Released
1959
Starring
Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, Leo Franklyn, Liz Fraser, Hattie Jacques, Vera Pearce, John Welsh, Irene Handl and others
Writer
John Chapman
Director
Darcy Conyers
Producer
David Henley

A new flying bomb has been launched by the Nazi forces and is causing a stir amongst the British military. Decorated Wing Commander Blenkinsop is sent on a secret mission to France in order to discover more about this deadly new device.

One of the Nazis' most-wanted, it is decided that his location will be obfuscated by sending a double in his place to North Africa. Lowly recruit Arthur Atwood, currently specialising in cleaning his base's toilet block, is picked as the closest lookalike, and his training for the exercise quickly begins.

However, whilst MI5 can make the men look identical, Atwood's not a patch on the natural charisma, confidence or presence of Atwood. An extra little something to calm his nerves as the pair prepare to leave for the respective destinations sets a chain of events in motion that threatens to disrupt the whole endeavour, if not the outcome of the war itself.

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