The Sandwich Man (1966 film)

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The Sandwich Man
"The Sandwich Man" (1966).jpg
Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis
Produced byPeter Newbrook
Written byMichael Bentine
Robert Hartford-Davis
StarringMichael Bentine
Dora Bryan
Harry H. Corbett
Music byMike Vickers
CinematographyPeter Newbrook
Edited byPeter Taylor
Distributed by
Release date
July 1966
Running time
95 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Sandwich Man is a 1966 British comedy film starring Michael Bentine, with support from Dora Bryan, Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Diana Dors, Norman Wisdom, Terry-Thomas, Ian Hendry and many other British character actors. The screenplay was written by Bentine in conjunction with Robert Hartford-Davis. Hartford-Davis also directed the film. The film is supposedly written about Tommy Linnett.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Bentine takes the leading role, playing Horace Quilby, a mild-mannered widower living in the London Docklands. His job as a sandwich-board man requires him to wander around London wearing morning dress and carrying advertisements. He is also secretary of the Sandwichmen's Brotherhood. But his real interest in life is pigeon racing, especially 'Esmerelda', who is racing from Bordeaux to London.

During the course of one day, Quilby encounters a host of eccentric characters, who are played by some of Britain's best known comedy and character actors, and becomes involved in a series of capers. The main story thread sees Quilby reunite Sue (Suzy Kendall), a young model, with her errant boyfriend Steven (David Buck).

Esmerelda wins her race, and the whole of Quilby's neighbourhood join in the celebrations.



The film was the second in a short lived series of co productions between the NFFC and Rank.[2]


The film was poorly received at the time of its release, critically and commercially,[3] but has since achieved some attention especially for its backdrop of London in the Swinging Sixties.


  1. ^ Petrie p 10
  2. ^ Petrie p 7-8
  3. ^ Petrie p 13-14


  • Petrie, Duncan James (2016). "Resisting Hollywood Dominance in Sixties British Cinema : The NFFC/Rank Joint Financing Initiative" (PDF). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

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