Will Any Gentleman...?. Henry Stirling (George Cole). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL
Will Any Gentleman...?

Will Any Gentleman...?

  • 1953 film

A unfortunate sequence of events sees mild-mannered bank clerk Henry Stirling hypnotised into letting out his inner lothario. Stars George Cole, Veronica Hurst, Jon Pertwee, James Hayter, Heather Thatcher and more.

Will Any Gentleman...?. Image shows from L to R: Henry Stirling (George Cole), Charley Stirling (Jon Pertwee). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL

Key details

George Cole, Veronica Hurst, Jon Pertwee, James Hayter, Heather Thatcher, William Hartnell, Sid James, Diana Decker and more
Vernon Sylvaine
Michael Anderson
H. G. Inglis

Mild-mannered bank clerk Henry Stirling attempts to do his wayward, unreliable brother Charley a favour by paying off his latest debt, a sum of £5, to local music hall theatre owner Mr. Hobson; and Hobson is so pleased with having the debt so honestly paid off that he insists Henry take a seat and enjoy his latest variety production, entirely at the management's expense.

Strait-laced and uncomfortable with the ribald nature of the entertainment, Henry soon attempts to make his leave but is mistaken for a willing, volunteering participant for the hypnotist act, Mendoza and his assistant, Angel, who have just taken to the stage.

Explaining his scepticism of the art, Mendoza never the less quickly works his magic with Stirling and loosens him from his regular prim-and-proper nature, encouraging Henry to believe and act as a lothario. Immediately setting his sights upon Angel and pursuing her across the stage, Mendoza falls and the performance is swiftly curtailed - before the hypnotism can be undone!

Returning to his very comfortable suburban home, Henry quickly annoys his similarly prim wife Florence, makes advances toward their maid, and evidently has absolutely zero recollection of where he's been, what he's done, or why these strange impulses keep coming over him!

His position at the bank is put under similar strain over the coming days as Henry finds himself giving out free money, skipping work altogether, and accidentally swapping his sandwiches for a £300 bundle of £5 notes. Florence is incredulous to his "cannot remember" excuse but also deeply worried and calls the doctor, whilst Henry calls on Charley for assistance. A series of visitors at the house only prove to add to the confusion: especially when they discover the cash in his briefcase!

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Additional details

UK certificate
84 minutes
UK release
Tuesday 25th August 1953

Associated British Pathe

Also known as
  • Will Any Gentleman..? (Poster title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Friday 10th December 2021 at 10:05am on TPTV
  • Friday 6th August 2021 at 8:10am on TPTV
  • Sunday 9th May 2021 at 7:20am on TPTV

Recording details

  • Associated British Elstree Studios
  • Barnet - Locations

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