Bottoms Up (1960 film)

It stars Jimmy Edwards in a spin-off of his TV comedy series Whack-O!, playing the seedy, alcoholic, cane-wielding headmaster of Chiselbury School, a fictional British public school.[1] Screenplay was by Michael Pertwee, with additional dialogue by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.

Bottoms Up
Directed byMario Zampi
Produced byGiulio Zampi
Mario Zampi
Written byMichael Pertwee
Additional dialogue by
Frank Muir
Denis Norden
StarringJimmy Edwards
Arthur Howard
Martita Hunt
Sydney Tafler
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byRichard Best
Transocean [Mario Zampi Productions]
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors
Release date
  • 8 March 1960 (1960-03-08) (London)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Bottoms Up is a 1960 British comedy film.

Plot summary

Professor Jim Edwards is the headmaster of Chiselbury School, a private boarding school for boys. A new head of the school's Board of Governors threatens to replace him as headmaster unless he can drastically improve the school's performance. When Edwards is also confronted by his bookmaker demanding money he owes and which he cannot pay, he devises a plan to deal with both problems by agreeing to accept into Chiselbury the bookmaker's son who will impersonate the heir to the throne of an oil-rich (fictional) state in the Middle East, which he hopes will persuade other parents to enrol their sons.

Cast list

Critical reception

  • TV Guide called the film an "inane slapstick comedy set in an English boarding school...Forced humor from a slapdash script and direction." [2]
  • Allmovie wrote, "producer/director Mario Zampi knows where the laughs are and knows how to get them in full measure." [3]
  • Sky movies wrote, "it could have been a lot funnier, but, even so, it's a useful record of Edwards in his element." [4]


  1. "Bottoms Up | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  2. "Bottoms Up Review". Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. "Bottoms Up (1960) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  4. "Bottoms Up! - Sky Movies HD". 6 November 2003. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.

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