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Topic: Norman Wisdom 1915-2010
Posted By: VanderGraafKommandöh
Subject: Norman Wisdom 1915-2010
Date Posted: October 04 2010 at 23:16
Sir Normam Wisdom died yesterday, may he rest in peace.



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Posted By: mystic fred
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 02:43
I loved Norman's films when i was a kid, the little man against the establishment and bringing it crashing down , though i still laugh at the masterly slapstick comedy today, when you think about it he is a huge influence on today's comedians.  My favourite films  "Trouble in Store", "Press for Time", "The Square Peg". "Bulldog Breed""On the Beat", loads of them especially "The Early Bird". 
 
 
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Posted By: Jim Garten
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 05:10
'Bulldog Breed' is an absolute classic film of its type.

That said, when the BBC show a retrospective of his work (as I'm sure they will), I hope they show 1978's 'Going Gently', which showed what a good straight actor he was, too.



Norman Wisdom - one of the greats - RIP

Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

...when you think about it he is a huge influence on today's comedians


A certain Lee Evans in particular I think; his onstage slapstick is pure Norman Wisdom (as I'm sure he would admit)

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 05:12
as far as I know, Mr. Wisdom never made it across the pond.. may he rest in peace anyway



Posted By: Syzygy
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 14:50
Rest in peace, Comrade Pitkin...
 
Like George Formby he was adored behind the iron curtain. For some reason I picture him going to meet his maker with a carefree saunter, blissfully oblivious of the open manhole just ahead. It's the way he would have wanted to go.


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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 14:55
I was never a great fan. Sad to see him go though.



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Posted By: VanderGraafKommandöh
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 19:52
Originally posted by Jim Garten Jim Garten wrote:

'Bulldog Breed' is an absolute classic film of its type.

That said, when the BBC show a retrospective of his work (as I'm sure they will), I hope they show 1978's 'Going Gently', which showed what a good straight actor he was, too.



Norman Wisdom - one of the greats - RIP

Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

...when you think about it he is a huge influence on today's comedians


A certain Lee Evans in particular I think; his onstage slapstick is pure Norman Wisdom (as I'm sure he would admit)


His last film was 1969's What's Good for Goose.  Mmmmm Sally Geeson.

Oh and Lee Evans is nowhere near as amusing.


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Posted By: Henry Plainview
Date Posted: October 05 2010 at 22:59
I haven't even heard of a single movie this man was in. Huh.

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 02:03
Originally posted by Henry Plainview Henry Plainview wrote:

I haven't even heard of a single movie this man was in. Huh.

Yeah. We make films in Britain too.


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Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 04:21
I never found him very funny, but I liked him. I only found out recently he was an aspiring jazz drummer too. RIP...



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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 06:02
Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

I never found him very funny, but I liked him. I only found out recently he was an aspiring jazz drummer too. RIP...


His films are all pretty crap imo.Wink


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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 06:03
Originally posted by James James wrote:

Originally posted by Jim Garten Jim Garten wrote:

'Bulldog Breed' is an absolute classic film of its type.

That said, when the BBC show a retrospective of his work (as I'm sure they will), I hope they show 1978's 'Going Gently', which showed what a good straight actor he was, too.



Norman Wisdom - one of the greats - RIP

Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

...when you think about it he is a huge influence on today's comedians


A certain Lee Evans in particular I think; his onstage slapstick is pure Norman Wisdom (as I'm sure he would admit)


His last film was 1969's What's Good for Goose.  Mmmmm Sally Geeson.

Oh and Lee Evans is nowhere near as amusing.

Lee Evans is absulutely much funnier than Norman Wisdom


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Posted By: mystic fred
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 06:43
^ without Norman Wisdom there would be no Lee Evans Tongue
 
 
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Posted By: Syzygy
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 15:29
Originally posted by Henry Plainview Henry Plainview wrote:

I haven't even heard of a single movie this man was in. Huh.
Not even The Night They Raided Minsky's?

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 15:32
I don't believe that I have ever heard of him or saw anything that he was in either.  I'm not much for movies made in different languages Wink though so that might have something to do with it.

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 06 2010 at 15:37
Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

^ without Norman Wisdom there would be no Lee Evans Tongue
 
 
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I don't see what difference that makes. Even if it were true.


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Posted By: TheProgtologist
Date Posted: October 07 2010 at 02:46
RIP

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Posted By: Jim Garten
Date Posted: October 07 2010 at 03:35
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:


Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

^ without Norman Wisdom there would be no Lee Evans Tongue
 

 

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I don't see what difference that makes. Even if it were true.


I think the point is of all the comedians Wisdom influenced during his life, Lee Evans is the most obvious example; you only have to see his live shows & the body language/movement/pratfalls, even the facial expressions are pure Norman Wisdom (although I don't think NW said f**k quite so much in his movies )

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: October 07 2010 at 04:00
Originally posted by Jim Garten Jim Garten wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:


Originally posted by mystic fred mystic fred wrote:

^ without Norman Wisdom there would be no Lee Evans Tongue
 

 

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I don't see what difference that makes. Even if it were true.


I think the point is of all the comedians Wisdom influenced during his life, Lee Evans is the most obvious example; you only have to see his live shows & the body language/movement/pratfalls, even the facial expressions are pure Norman Wisdom (although I don't think NW said f**k quite so much in his movies )

He wasn't as funny either, but thats JUST opinion obviously. Besides Wisdom appealed to an entirely different generation. Don't misunderstand, I am saddened by his death and I DO appreciate his skills. 


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Posted By: VanderGraafKommandöh
Date Posted: October 07 2010 at 21:14
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

I never found him very funny, but I liked him. I only found out recently he was an aspiring jazz drummer too. RIP...


His films are all pretty crap imo.Wink


That's the charm of them though.  Besides, they don't date well.  Much like George Formby films.  I happen to enjoy both.  I also like Ealing Comedies.

They just don't make films like that any more (and don't come back by saying "there's a reason for that..." either Wink).  It's mostly crass action movies now with excess violence and/or sex in them.


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Posted By: dude
Date Posted: October 08 2010 at 11:04
Vrey sad to hear of his passing. "A Stich In Time"  is still a joy to watch :)


Posted By: mystic fred
Date Posted: October 09 2010 at 03:04
Originally posted by James James wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

I never found him very funny, but I liked him. I only found out recently he was an aspiring jazz drummer too. RIP...


His films are all pretty crap imo.Wink


That's the charm of them though.  Besides, they don't date well.  Much like George Formby films.  I happen to enjoy both.  I also like Ealing Comedies.

They just don't make films like that any more (and don't come back by saying "there's a reason for that..." either Wink).  It's mostly crass action movies now with excess violence and/or sex in them.
 
 
agreed....and the "feelgood" movies are too syrupy, saw "Some Like It Hot" on TV last week and what a masterpiece that film is, and modern remakes of various past movies really don't work at all. 
 
The Ealing comedies are mini masterpieces and that British "Cottage industry" tradition has been continued with films like "Brassed Off", "Bend it like Beckham",  and "Full Monty", looking forward to "Made in Dagenham" about the strike at the Ford factory by Women for equal pay,  factual events very publicised in the 60's.
 
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Posted By: toroddfuglesteg
Date Posted: October 16 2010 at 12:29

I have watched some documentaries about Norman. A truly once in a century man which cannot be described in words. Yes, his comedy films are outdated and not the best. But his many talents still shines through. No doubts he was one of those characters who put the Great in to Great Britain.  

 



Posted By: Pastor Rex Cat
Date Posted: May 14 2013 at 14:03
Question: Is Norman Wisdom the inventor of the term "Progressive Rock"?
I'm very sure that's what I've heard in this video.



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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: May 14 2013 at 18:44
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/how-we-metrick-wakeman-and-norman-wisdom-1364569.html" rel="nofollow - How we met: Rick Wakeman and Norman Wisdom

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