Through a series of accidents, a Foreign Office filing clerk (Norman Wisdom) in Whitehall goes to Geneva with the British delegation.
He becomes the most important and courted of the British officials after he stalls the entire United Nations with his support for the island of Tarawaki, and only just escapes with his life.
Norman Wisdom is almost at the peak of his powers in this typically silly comedy, in which, as ever, slapstick and sentiment jostle for centre stage.
Although we usually think of Wisdom as a bashful bungler, he also did a nice line in cockiness, and it’s surprisingly amusing to watch Whitehall and Geneva dance to his tune.
Jerry Desmonde again provides supreme support as the stooge, while Charles Hawtrey pops up in a minor role.
Inia Te Wiata
Queen of Tarawaki
John Paddy Carstairs