Movies From the Hat 2 – On the Beat (1962)


 Recommended by James of Back to the Viewer

(Recommendation #22 of 30)

Tnx James

on the beat“Grazia, that’s thank you in foreign isn’t it” – Norman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The son of a former policeman vows to join the force himself despite constantly being rejected for not meeting the height requirements.

My Take on it – This is another movie that I had never even heard of until I got this recommendation.

The premise sounded very interesting and I expected to have close to 2 hours of non-stop laughter because it seemed to be similar to and reminiscent of the old slapstick comedy movies of Keaton and Chaplin.

Unfortunately, there were only a few scenes that really brought forth such laughter and for me, the rest of the movie just didn’t live up to those scenes.

The plot itself is ok, on a superficial level and I can’t say that I was bored since for most of it, I just felt indifferent.

Perhaps one of the main reasons that it didn’t speak to me as much as I would have hope to is the fact that I am not familiar at all with any of Norman Wisdom’s work.  Perhaps if I had seen more it would give me a better impression about this movie, because it just isn’t as humorous as I feel it could have been.

Bottom Line – Good slapstick comedy that is reminiscent of the movies of Chaplin and Keaton, but ultimately it just doesn’t bring in all the laughs that I had hoped for.  Plot is ok and interesting enough to sit for.  Not familiar with Wisdom’s other films, so maybe I would have enjoyed more with some more knowledge of his repertoire.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When we first see Sgt. Wilkins she is walking into the salon. As she walks in we see that the backdrop of the street is in fact the same set which Norman entered in the opening scene which is used as the Police Station. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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