Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher

Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher is a 1968 British comedy film directed by John Krish and starring Robin Phillips, Geneviève Page and Donald Wolfit.[1] It is an adaptation of the novel Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh.

Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
A scene from the film: sports day
Directed byJohn Krish
Produced byIvan Foxwell
Written byIvan Foxwell
Alan Hackney
Hugh Whitemore
Based onDecline and Fall
1928 novel
by Evelyn Waugh
StarringRobin Phillips
Donald Wolfit
Geneviève Page
Felix Aylmer
Colin Blakely
Music byRon Goodwin
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Edited byArchie Ludski
Ivan Foxwell Productions
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • 26 January 1969 (1969-01-26)
Running time
113 min.

The film was made with a budget of $1,970,000.[2]

Plot summary

Paul Pennyfeather is an Oxford divinity student who finds himself sent down after a group of drunken undergraduates remove his trousers and he is accused of exposing himself. Forced to look for work, he seeks the services of an employment agency who secure for him a position at a sleazy Welsh boys' boarding school, presided over by the colourful Dr. Fagan. The school's staff are an assortment of eccentric characters: Mr Prendergast, a withdrawn former clergyman; Captain Grimes, a one-legged philaderer with his eye on Fagan's daughter; and Solomon Philbrick, an undercover criminal posing as Fagan's butler.


Box Office

According to Fox records the film required $3,100,000 in rentals to break even and by 11 December 1970 had made $1,475,000 so made a loss to the studio.[3]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | Decline and Fall (1968)". British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  2. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
  3. Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 328.
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