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. It was released as Make Mine a Double in the United States.
|The Night We Dropped a Clanger|
UK theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Darcy Conyers|
|Produced by||David Henley |
|Written by||John Chapman|
|Music by||Edwin Braden|
|Edited by||Sidney Stone|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
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.
- Brian Rix – Aircraftman Arthur Atwood/Wing Commander Blenkinsop
- Cecil Parker – Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bertram Bukpasser
- William Hartnell – Warrant Officer Bright
- Leslie Phillips – Squadron Leader Thomas
- Leo Franklyn – Belling
- John Welsh – Squadron Leader Grant
- Toby Perkins – Flight Lieutenant Spendal
- Liz Fraser – Lulu
- Charles Cameron - General Gimble
- Vera Pearce - Madame Grilby
- Julian D'Albie - Air Marshall Carruthers
- Sarah Branch - WAAF Hawkins
- Irene Handl – Mrs. Billingsgate
- Andrew Sachs – Briggs
- Hattie Jacques – Ada
- Arthur Brough– Admiral Bewdly
- Ray Cooney – Corporal
- Oliver Johnston - Air Commodore Turner
- Merilyn Roberts - 1st WAAF
- Sheila Mercier - 2nd WAAF
- Christine Russell - 3rd WAAF
- Larry Noble - Farmer
- John Langham - Ricky
- Rowland Bartrop - Smythe
- Julie Mendez - Dancer
- Patrick Cargill – Fritz
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."
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- "The Night We Dropped a Clanger - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 24 May 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2014.