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Follow a Star | 1959 | Norman Wisdom, Jerry Desmonde


Follow a Star | 1959 | Norman Wisdom, Jerry Desmonde

Norman Wisdom, Jack Davies and Henry Blyth co-wrote the screenplay which expertly combined comedy, slapstick and sentiment and, wrote the Evening News , “I dare say that Follow a Star is the best of the seven Norman Wisdom films.”
Wisdom provided himself with the tailor-made role of Norman Truscott, a pants-presser who aspires to become a pop singer. He attempts to advance his aspirations by forcing himself on fading singing star Vernon Carew (Jerry Desmonde) who, discovering Truscott actually possesses a fine singing voice, entices him to work as a dogsbody, on the pretext of giving him singing lessons. Carew revitalizes his career by secretly recording Truscott’s singing and passing off the songs as his own. Truscott’s singing teacher (Hattie Jacques) is unable to prove fraud because of Truscott’s neurotic inability to sing when not in the company of his girlfriend (June Laverick). But eventually there is a showdown on the stage of the London Palladium where Carew, who is miming to Truscott’s singing, is unmasked…
Robert Asher made a highly accomplished directorial debut on the picture, splendidly showcasing and smartly timing Wisdom’s surefire comedy routines and making the most out of the songs, among them the title number The Square Sona and I Love You, written by Wisdom. Asher and Wisdom wasted no time in getting the show on the road with a hilarious opening scene of pants pressing and the comic momentum rarely relaxed. ” Follow a Star ,” said the Sunday Express , “exhibits Wisdom’s way with an audience with a shrewd cunning and a glossy expertise… if you like Wisdom, you will love it.”
Norman Wisdom as Norman Truscott
Jerry Desmonde as Vernon Carew
June Laverick as Judy
Hattie Jacques as Dymphna Dobson
Richard Wattis as Dr. W. Chatterway
Eddie Leslie as Harold Franklin
John Le Mesurier as Birkett
Fenella Fielding as Lady Arabella Finchington
Ron Moody as Violinist
Writers: Jack Davies, Henry Blyth, Norman Wisdom
Director: Robert Asher
UK | 102 minutes | 1959

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