“A Redbrick University in Britain’s new Elizabethan age: here are moulded the intellectual Drakes and Raleighs of tomorrow – fearless, independent . . . and state supported.”
This likeable and lively British comedy from 1957 revolves around Jim Dixon (Ian Carmichael), a junior history lecturer at a provincial university.
Jim is a well-intentioned misfit with a flair for deflating sham and pomposity, and top of his private blacklist is Professor Welch (Hugh Griffith), smug, overbearing head of the history department.
Invited to the professor’s home for a ‘cultural weekend’, Jim – a northern grammar school boy made good – leaves a trail of disaster in his wake . . .
The film ends happily with Jim getting the girl (Christine Callaghan played by Sharon Acker) but only after a chase-sequence involving a series of unconvincing studio shots.
Adapted from the first (and best) novel by Kingsley Amis, the film substitutes physical comedy for much of the novel’s satire.
Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart