The Rebel or The Punch and Judy Man?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 7th September 2019, 11:28am [Edited]
  • England
  • 16,861 posts

With the release of these restored and put on Blu-ray I thought I would try a little poll to see not only which is the most popular (or neither) and how many die-hard Hancock fans we have on the forum.

For me it would be The Punch and Judy Man as I've always looked on this as a sort of "what happened next" when Tony finally got married and moved out of Earls Court.
Also, it reminds me of my carefree childhood days of late 1950s trips to the seaside, which I remember fondly through my rose-tinted specs.

The Rebel? It was OK and maybe it might like it a bit more if I watched it in Black & White. Also, as much as I love Irene Handl, for me Mrs Cravat will always be Patricia Hayes who played the part of seedy "lady who does" to perfection. The whole thing I thought was a bit silly though and not The Lad at all, and lacking the poignancy of The Punch and Judy Man, which was more Hancock's 'ammer.


john tregorran

  • Saturday 7th September 2019, 8:39pm [Edited]
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
  • 1,222 posts

The Punch and Judy Man for me too.
As you say it's more the Hancock we know from his half hours. And the delightful Sylvia Sims with the always thoughtful John Le Mesurier.
The Rebel is a good satire of the art world though, where talking the talk is more important than any skill for painting.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 7th September 2019, 8:59pm
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,135 posts

The Rebel for me, I do believe it made my top ten Britcom movies. It's in colour, not always essential, but for a satire on modern art it helped. It's a rare Hancock vehicle in colour and I think it highlighted his lugubriousness. Great performance as well with lots of his exasperated expressions making a mockery out of the artworld. Good script and the bloated main character really suited him.



  • Saturday 7th September 2019, 9:14pm
  • England
  • 30,077 posts

For me, neither are very good films, and their main value is as curiosities. That said, I'd plump for The Rebel, mainly for the inclusion of fellow suicide, the mighty George Sanders.



  • Monday 9th September 2019, 4:45pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,605 posts

A long time since I watched either, but I do remember enjoying The Rebel a lot more.

Definitely looking forward to checking them out in the new restored editions.

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Billy Bunter

  • Wednesday 11th September 2019, 10:38pm [Edited]
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 1,235 posts

Not particularly keen on either. In the same way that I am not keen on the Are You Being Served film, the On the Buses films or the Steptoe & Son films. But "The Punch & Judy Man" was filmed in Bognor Regis so I have to go for that one.



  • Friday 13th September 2019, 7:12pm [Edited]
  • Nowhere, England
  • 9,556 posts

The Rebel is a great film and Tony gives a great performance - showed the potential he had to be a world famous movie star. Sadly this wasn't to be of course...

The Punch and Judy Man was absolutely dreadful - no redeeming qualities what so ever

Actually one of the worst films I have ever watched in my entire life