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The Sandwich Man (1966)

A man with a sandwich-board (advert) wanders around London meeting many strange characters.


Michael Bentine (original story and screenplay), Robert Hartford-Davis (original story and screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bentine Michael Bentine ... The Sandwich Man
Dora Bryan ... Mrs De Vere
Harry H. Corbett ... Stage Door Keeper
Bernard Cribbins ... Photographer
Diana Dors ... First Billingsgate Lady
Ian Hendry ... Policeman Motor Cycle
Stanley Holloway ... Park Gardener
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Lord Uffingham (as Wilfred Hyde White)
Michael Medwin ... Sewer Man
Ron Moody ... Rowing Coach
Anna Quayle ... Second Billingsgate Lady
Terry-Thomas ... Scout Master (as Terry Thomas)
Norman Wisdom ... Boxing Vicar
Donald Wolfit ... Car Salesman
David Buck David Buck ... Steven


A man with a sandwich-board (advert) wanders around London meeting many strange characters.

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Release Date:

15 July 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

That Swinging City See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the only time Michael Bentine starred in a feature film, although he played a few cameo parts elsewhere. It was made at the height of his television popularity, and he wrote it as a vehicle for himself. However, it was a box-office failure, and a critical disappointment; Bentine later said that it had failed because he had no control over the editing of the film, and implied that he should have also directed. See more »


At the start of the film, Michel Bentine gets on a number 22 bus going to Knightsbridge, but gets off a number 44 going to Peckham. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits are played out over a wrestling bout, involving a bikini-clad girl, which has no connection with the rest of the film. See more »

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Great Cast, Characters, flimsy story....
14 May 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

If one was reviewing The Sandwich Man by the head alone and not the heart, then 5/10, possibly even 4/10 might be in order, here.

Being mid 40's, I can just recall Michael Bentine on TV when I was very young. These must have been repeats of his BBC shows 'It's a Square World' and whilst he appeared funny and weird, the material was, obviously, above me.

Now, on UK Gold, comes 1966's The Sandwich Man. As others have said, it's a time capsule of swinging London and its rainbow of colourful characters. From Dora Bryan to a real who's-who of every comic actor that even I'd heard of and have enjoyed and been brought up with. They're like an extended family!

Though many hang their heads in shame these days, the playful way that white actors played ethnics is a part of the package and it was FAR more innocent and affectionate than most folk ever realise. It's actually part of our television and film heritage, so enjoy and accept it for what it was THEN.

As my subject line says, the script definitely takes second fiddle, to the point where I wonder if there actually was one, or at least stuck to! And, the gags now have been so overdone and are so familiar through countless Carry On's and similar comic vehicles, that, really, they barely raise a titter these days. However, the idea of Bentine wearing a sandwich board and going round the locations, catching up with his friends is a good one and I have to admit, the Park scenes, toward the end, with the escaped sit-on mower was actually really funny and his final 'escape' will surprise you - it did me!

Still, I had fun watching it, looking out for the stars of yesterday and comparing a largely lost London with our society today.

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