Terry Thomas defined the "upper class cad" of British comedy.

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A highly popular comedian from the mid 1950s to the early 60s, Terry Thomas excelled at the role of the posh, roguish but lovable cad. That character became his stock-in-trade during his career, after having some success on radio. Like Peter Sellers, Thomas became popular in Hollywood for a time. With ill health in later years, Terry Thomas had to retire from show business and move back to England, where he remained until his passing.

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1. Private's Progress (1956)

102 min | Comedy, War

In World War II, a failed British Officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Ronald Adam, Henry B. Longhurst, Peter Jones

Votes: 714

2. School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

A young man finds a very special school. It teaches him how to take advantage of people. He begins to put the lessons into operation.

Directors: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, Cyril Frankel | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim, Janette Scott

Votes: 3,181

3. Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

To further the aims of the St Trinian's Marriage Bureau run by Flash Harry, the school contrives to win a competition with a European "Goodwill" trip as prize, to the horror of the Ministry... See full summary »

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell, Alastair Sim

Votes: 1,063

4. Your Past Is Showing (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy

A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 1,654

5. Too Many Crooks (1959)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw

Votes: 999

6. Make Mine Mink (1960)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy

Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 985

7. Brothers in Law (1957)

94 min | Comedy

Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals, but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Henry B. Longhurst, Edith Sharpe, Ian Carmichael, Henry Hewitt

Votes: 335

8. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,551

9. Happy Is the Bride (1958)

84 min | Comedy

In a quiet summer corner of Wiltshire that is forever England, David and Janet decide to tie the knot. Unfortunately this is the cue for everyone else to take over proceedings, to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Cecil Parker, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 77

10. The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

An assassin is annoyed by a vacuum cleaner salesman determined to stop him.

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden | Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams

Votes: 1,454

11. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

G | 210 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 37,850 | Gross: $46.30M

12. A Matter of WHO (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

(1962) Terry-Thomas, Alex Nicol, Honor Blackman. A man's death of smallpox at London airport sends officials into a panic as they conduct a frantic search for the carrier. Nice performances and a good script. 35mm.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Sonja Ziemann, Alex Nicol, Richard Briers

Votes: 138

13. Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy

A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty.

Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi, Ian Bannen

Votes: 752

14. Lucky Jim (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get ... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting | Stars: John Welsh, Ronald Cardew, Hugh Griffith, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 636

15. His and Hers (1961)

90 min | Comedy

Returned from North Africa, a British novelist is at odds with his wife when she insists on dividing the house and the domestic chores and he goes mad when she starts writing his biography and flirting with his publisher.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Janette Scott, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Nicole Maurey

Votes: 234

16. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy

A dedicated bachelor drunkenly marries a young woman and immediately lives to regret it.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Eddie Mayehoff

Votes: 5,745 | Gross: $12.47M

17. Tom Thumb (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

A boy, no bigger than a thumb, manages to outwit two thieves determined to make a fortune from him.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers, Alan Young

Votes: 2,282

18. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

G | 138 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Hoping to push Britain to the forefront of aviation, a London publisher organizes an international air race across the English Channel, but must contend with two entrants vying for his daughter, as well as national rivalries and cheating.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi

Votes: 7,571 | Gross: $31.11M

19. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

The story of the legendary British outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, David Hand | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 115,540 | Gross: $32.06M

20. Operation Snatch (1962)

83 min | Comedy, War

Legend has it that if the famous Barbary Apes leave the Rock of Gibraltar, it's a sign that the British will lose control of it. During World War II, a British officer is put in charge of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Sanders, Lionel Jeffries, Jocelyn Lane

Votes: 41

21. Kill or Cure (1962)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Mystery

A reprobate photographer and part time private investigator is hired by a batty old woman to go undercover into a health farm to investigate a suspicious death.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Eric Sykes, Dennis Price, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 261

22. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff

Votes: 1,427

23. Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In Victorian England, an American showman uses a wealthy Frenchman's finances to build a German explosives expert's giant cannon designed to fire a people-filled projectile to the Moon but spies and saboteurs endanger the project.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Burl Ives, Jimmy Clitheroe, Terry-Thomas, Graham Stark

Votes: 680

24. Munster, Go Home! (1966)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Munsters travel to England after Herman discovers he's the new Lord of the Munster Hall.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick

Votes: 1,893

25. Bang! Bang! You're Dead! (1966)

92 min | Comedy

One of six travelers who catch the bus from Casablanca airport to Marrakesh is carrying $2 million to pay a local operator to fix United Nations votes. But which one?

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 681

26. The Sandwich Man (1966)

95 min | Comedy

A man with a sandwich-board (advert) wanders around London meeting many strange characters.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Michael Bentine, Dora Bryan, Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 315

27. Top Crack (1967)

100 min | Comedy

A couple of aspiring criminals kidnap a big producer who, to bring the request of the ransom to a good end, is forced to personally direct the operation.

Director: Mario Russo | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Gastone Moschin, Didier Haudepin, Stella Interlenghi

Votes: 11

28. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

This show was a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid 1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 121

29. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 1,023

30. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The two top Agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, John Herman Shaner

Votes: 4,775

31. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 13,480 | Gross: $0.55M

32. You Must Be Joking! (1965)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy

A motley group of soldiers are set loose in swinging London in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries, Denholm Elliott, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 310



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