When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes...
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes friends with the easy going but loyal Pedlar Pascoe, who happily goes along with all of his scams in an effort to avoid the front lines and make a bit on the side. However, his scams cause trouble where he goes and there are only so many places he can go before France beckons.Written by
bob the moo
In the main titles, Cecil Parker is listed third and as "Starring". However, Cecil Parker only turns up in the last twenty minutes and has three scenes and twelve lines. See more »
[sudden power cut, room dimly lit by the roaring fire]
I must find some candles, can't eat in the dark.
[Flora chattering, as Pedlar moves closer]
when we were children we used to hide in the dark and try to scare each other.
You're not scared now ma'am now are you ?
[putting his arms around Flora]
No but... .
[Pedlar kisses Flora and sweeps her into his arms]
Airman, put me down, this instance !
[Pedlar kisses Flora again]
Put me down... .. and take off your boots.
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"On the Fiddle" is a good enough film for those who have an hour and a half to spare. Sean Connery was just 1 year away from becoming one of the biggest stars of our time when he made this war comedy/drama. Apparently, it was "On the Fiddle" that led to his being considered for James Bond.
Alfred Lynch - largely forgotten today - takes the lead as a fast thinking lovable rogue who knows every dodge there is. Sean Connery is cast as Lynch's slightly dimwitted but loyal friend as they both share various experiences during the second world war. The tone is kept quite lighthearted until about the last 20 minutes of the film. Then both characters are confronted by how truly horrific war is.
This film disappeared from everyone's radar apart from rare television broadcasts.
The pace is pretty good and the film is a lively one. The joint leads work well together and they carry the film most effectively. All kinds of familiar actors crop up along the way: Stanley Holloway, Kathleen Harrison, Kenneth J. Warren, Hugh Lloyd (of Tony Hancock fame) and others.
Alfred Lynch is given the chance to display a more tragic side to his character and it shows there is more to his character than just being a cockney spiv.
This is worth a look.
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