The Night We Dropped a Clanger

The Night We Dropped a Clanger is a 1959 British comedy film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, William Hartnell and Leslie Phillips; Andrew Sachs made his screen debut. A British secret agent is sent on a secret operation in occupied France during the Second World War but a diversionary tactic turns into a farcical tale of mistaken identity.[1][2] It was released as Make Mine a Double in the United States.

The Night We Dropped a Clanger
UK theatrical release poster
Directed byDarcy Conyers
Produced byDavid Henley
Sydney Box
Written byJohn Chapman
StarringBrian RIx
Cecil Parker
William Hartnell
Leslie Phillips
Music byEdwin Braden
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited bySidney Stone
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


When mysterious, unpiloted, midget aircraft start landing in southern England during the Second World War, top secret agent Wing Commander Blenkinsop, VC and bar, is chosen for a top-secret mission to occupied France to investigate. Meanwhile, as a diversionary tactic to deceive the Germans, his exact look-alike, Aircraftsman (sic) Atwood (both parts are played by Rix), is reluctantly recruited to go to North Africa. However, through a farcical mixup, Blenkinsop finds himself in Africa and Atwood ends up in France. By far more luck than judgement, Atwood returns to England in one of the buzz bombs, and, with everyone (including Blenkinsop's girlfriend) believing he is Blenkinsop, he continues the impersonation and becomes a national hero, while the real Blenkinsop desperately tries to regain his identity and his life.[3]


Critical reception

SKY Movies wrote, "a typically rickety British farce of the late Fifties, a time when the Carry On's were gaining their first foothold. This is a sort of Carry On Flying: Brian Rix has a field day in a dual role and there's even William Hartnell, giving his comic all as yet another barking NCO. Broad, unpolished, lowbrow fun."[4]


  1. "Make Mine a Double (1961) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | The NIGHT WE DROPPED A CLANGER (1959)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  3. "Make Mine a Double (1959) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  4. "The Night We Dropped a Clanger - Sky Movies HD". 24 May 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2014.

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