Based on Stephen Potter’s popular books about “Lifemanship”, this hit-and-miss comedy just about passes muster thanks to the willing performances of Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas.
Henry Palfrey (Carmichael), one of life’s losers, decides to take lessons in one-upmanship when the girl he loves is won over by the caddish Raymond Delauney (Thomas).
There are some amusing moments as Carmichael learns how to “confound a bounder” under the tutelage of Alastair Sim, but director Robert Hamer – best known for the Ealing classic Kind Hearts and Coronets – handles the subtle humour with a heavy hand and fails to knit the various sketches into a convincing whole.
Hamer was fired because of his drinking problems and the remaining scenes were divvied between producer Hal E. Chester and an uncredited Cyril Frankel.
John Le Mesurier