The Comedy Man

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The Comedy Man
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UK campaign book cover
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Produced by David Henley
Jon Penington
Written by Peter Yeldham
Based on novel by Douglas Hayes
Starring Kenneth More
Music by Bill McGuffie
Cinematography Ken Hodges
Edited by Ernest Hosler
Consant Films
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release dates
3 September 1964 (London) (UK)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Comedy Man is a 1964 British drama film directed by Alvin Rakoff and starring Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price and Billie Whitelaw. It depicts the life of a struggling actor in Swinging London. [1]

More later said that when he read the script he "was profoundly struck by its relevance to my own life, and to the lives of so many actors I had known."[2] However it received limited distribution, being released on a double bill with Lord of the Flies (1963).


Sacked from his job in provincial rep, actor Chick Byrd moves into digs in London with Julian, a fellow actor. Julian's career soars after a successful screen test, but Chick's meets with continued failure. Mobilised into action by the suicide of a friend, Chick auditions for a TV commercial and finally finds fame. Confident of his talents for the first time, but fearing he may have sold out, Chick leaves London to return to rep.


Critical reception

Radio Times wrote, "written by Peter Yeldham with a nice balance between irony and drama, and directed by Alvin Rakoff with an accurate eye for the dingy environments and brave bonhomie of unemployed actors, this modest British film boasts a superior cast" ; [3] while Allmovie wrote, "matching More's terrific starring performance are such British "regulars" as Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Cecil Parker, Norm Rossington, and Frank Finlay" ;[4] and the Sunday Mirror noted, "Kenneth More in the greatest performance of his career. Brilliantly directed." [5]


  1. "The Comedy Man". BFI.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kenneth More, More or Less, Hodder & Staughton, 1978 p 189
  3. Robin Karney. "The Comedy Man - Film review and movie reviews - Radio Times". RadioTimes.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Comedy Man (1964) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Alvin Rakoff".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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