British Comedy Guide

The Sandwich Man

The Sandwich Man. The Sandwich Man (Michael Bentine). Copyright: Rank Organisation / ITV Studios.

The Sandwich Man

Film charting a day in the life of a sandwich-board man and pigeon-fancier as he wanders the streets of London

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GallonOfAlan

  • Monday 14th May 2012, 10:24pm
  • Ireland
  • 112 posts

Sat down with an NCOT on Sunday and by chance flicked onto this Michael Bentine vehicle from 1966, being shown on UK Gold. I was pleasantly suprised, more by the fantastic London street scenes, complete with small boys and the like looking on in the background of many scenes, the filmmakers having not bothered to shoo them off. It's got Harry Corbett, Terry-Thomas, Cribbins, Diana Dors - in fact the only person that doesn't show up is probably Milligan. Proto-hippie dolly birds, lads in brown makeup pretending to be an Indian beat combo ('The Sikh-ers'), it had the lot.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 15th May 2012, 1:43am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 67,706 posts

Bought this recently but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. Great to hear of all the London scenery though!

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Will Cam

  • Tuesday 15th May 2012, 5:08am
  • England
  • 7,522 posts

Sounds like the kind of film I love to watch post lunch when I have the house to myself

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Tursiops

  • Tuesday 15th May 2012, 12:52pm
  • Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 9,764 posts

Many, many years since I saw this. I recall it as being rather fun.

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sootyj

  • Tuesday 15th May 2012, 12:53pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts
Quote: Will Cam @ May 15 2012, 5:08 AM BST

Sounds like the kind of film I love to watch post lunch when I have the house to myself

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Micks

  • Tuesday 15th May 2012, 9:04pm [Edited]
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 23 posts

Yeah watched it myself, first time I saw it and rather enjoyed it. :D

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whiggers

  • Sunday 2nd December 2012, 2:15pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 1 posts

I lived in the area when they filmed parts in St Pancras, and the children were actively encouraged by M Bentine and others to stay and watch and get caught on film in the background. Great film, quiet streets.

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Pingl

  • Sunday 2nd December 2012, 9:31pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,818 posts

Used to have this on VHS, star studded but pretty pedestrian by Bentine's normally manic standards. I seem to really liking Norman Wisdom's boxing vicar. There was always a tension between Milligan and Bentine, that was the main reason Bentine left the Goons.

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sootyj

  • Sunday 2nd December 2012, 9:40pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

The trailer was on Facebook looked very merh

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Pingl

  • Sunday 2nd December 2012, 9:45pm
  • England
  • 4,818 posts
Quote: sootyj @ December 2 2012, 9:40 PM GMT

The trailer was on Facebook looked very merh

Yea only really of interest for the star studded cast, like a few films of that time

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Kenneth

  • Wednesday 9th August 2017, 1:06pm
  • Australia
  • 4,822 posts

Just sat through this cultural oddity. A who's who of British comedy actors. Good to see Roger Delgado (the original Master from Doctor Who as a Persian carpet seller) and Burt Kwouk joining 'The Sikh-ers' band. Possibly this film is some sort of masterpiece of Rabelaisian tedium in which an everyman encounters so many different people in a single day, but the abrupt transitions did not make for a decent narrative. I found it a dreadful bore (apart from playing "identify the endless parade of famous actors"). The end credits were a surprise.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 31st August 2017, 11:16pm
  • England
  • 13,693 posts

I have no recollection of this film from the mid 60s, which I suppose you could say was my period and so was going to buy the DVD off Amazon for about £7 and thank God I didn't as I found it on YouTube, which I have just finished watching.

I can only think that the reviewers on both Amazon and the IMDb have watched a different film to me as they all think it is great whereas I found it a complete bore. Silly. Not funny at all. And a typical Bentine "farce".

The only thing I enjoyed was seeing mid sixties street scenes of London and the dolly birds that I remember with great fondness. Lovey

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Billy Bunter

  • Tuesday 7th November 2017, 11:00am
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 368 posts

FYI, this film is on Talking Pictures (Freeview HD channel no 81, Sky 343, Virgin 445) this Friday (10 November) at noon.

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