The Rebel (1961)

Robert Day directs Tony Hancock, George Sanders and Paul Massie in this comedy where an accounting clerk abandons his humdrum job to become an artist on the Parisian Left Bank.

Charming, almost exclusively due to Hancock’s very unique screen persona. A sexless Carry On, a pratfall-free Norman Wisdom film, a biteless Ealing comedy. This has the feel, look and qualities of all these other more defined British larks but interestingly rarely aims for explicit laughs. As a showcase for Hancock the comedian it doesn’t entirely do its job, as a light drama needling at the outmoded idea of conformity it is a very relaxing watch.

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