Not Now, Comrade

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Not Now, Comrade
"Not Now, Comrade" (1976).jpg
British quad poster
Directed by Ray Cooney
Harold Snoad
Produced by Martin C. Schute
Written by Ray Cooney
Based on "Chase Me, Comrade" (play) by Ray Cooney
Starring Leslie Phillips
Windsor Davies
Carol Hawkins
Music by Harry Robertson (as Harry Robinson)
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Peter Thornton
Not Now Films (Independent)
Distributed by EMI (UK)
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Not Now, Comrade is a 1976 British comedy film directed by Ray Cooney. It was a follow-up to the similarly named 1973 farce Not Now, Darling. It featured a number of British comedy actors of the era including Leslie Phillips, Windsor Davies, Don Estelle and Ian Lavender.[1] The film was shot at Elstree studios, and was intended as the second in a series of ‘Not Now’ movies, but box office returns for the film, unlike those of its predecessor, were disappointing.[2][3]


Russian ballet dancer Rudi Petrovyan wants to defect. Unable to reach the British embassy and pursued by the KGB, he hides out with, and falls for, stripper Barbara Wilcox. But Rudi's planned escape in the boot of a Triumph backfires when he climbs into the wrong car, and he ends up in the country home of unsuspecting naval Commander Rimmington (Leslie Phillips).


Critical reception[edit]

The British Comedy Guide called the film "a really delightful forgotten gem of British cinema comedy".[4] However, the Radio Times called it a "horrid comedy of errors," adding "for the sake of a hard-working cast, let's draw a discreet Iron Curtain over the whole charade";[5] while Time Out said it was "from the darkest days of British cinema, a farrago which began life as Cooney's Whitehall farce, Chase Me, Comrade."[6]


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