Please Turn Over

1959

Comedy

189
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 234

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Charles Hawtrey as Mr. Roper
Joan Sims as Beryl
Leslie Phillips as Dr. Henry Manners
Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa
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806.98 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
87 min
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1.46 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
87 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hitchcockthelegend 6 / 10 / 10

Naked Revolt!

Please Turn Over is one of those films outside of the Carry On franchise, but one that still "bares" the early hallmarks of that series. Brought to the screen by Peter Rogers and Norman Hudis, it's adapted from the Basil Thomas play, "Book of the Month" and stars Ted Ray, Jean Kent, Julia Lockwood, Leslie Phillips and Lionel Jeffries. Plot finds Lockwood as a teenaged writer who upturns the lives of the local residents when she has a steamy novel published. The kicker being that the characters in her book appear to be based on them! Suddenly everyone is viewing everyone else in a different light. A sort of comedic take on Peyton Place, it's a film that meets the expectations of those who are familiar with the cast and production team. Without being smutty or bawdy, it's more a gentle farce with some seamy undercurrents. The fun is mostly mined by the alternative world created by Lockwood when the townsfolk turn into adulterers and egotists. Rogers fills out the cast with performers he would come to rely on, where the likes of Joan Sims and Dilys Laye steal scenes, while Ray and Phillips turn in jolly good shows. Nice crisp B&W photography by Ted Scaife as well. Not essential but a pleasant enough experience with a glass of Port on a Sunday afternoon. 6/10

Reviewed by stephander 10 / 10 / 10

One of the best British comedies of the '50's

Produced by Peter Rogers and directed by Gerald Thomas, the legendary duo responsible for the Carry On series, this comedy is as mildly racy and as funny, but of greater subtlety. It concerns Jo Halliday, a seventeen year-old girl from a commonplace English suburban background who writes a scandalous novel that seems to depict the Halliday family -- and not in a favorable light. In it her accountant father becomes an embezzler and a sugar daddy to his secretary, her mother is having an affair with a retired military officer who is a family friend, and her lovelorn aunt is pining for her employer, a doctor who carries on with all his women patients. The book, of course, is a best seller and the whole town is gossiping about the girl's poor family and creating considerable problems for each member. The comedic complications unwind deftly, with an hilarious sequence depicting the characters as they appear in the way over-the-top book. The acting is superb, but we expect that with British films from the '50's. Ted Ray anchors the family and the film as the father. Jean Kent, an outstanding dramatic actress who had starred in such films as The Browning Version and The Woman in Question, shines as well in comedy and is wonderful as the slightly daffy mother. Joan Sims, of Carry On fame, is a riot as the maid. Also featured are familiar comedic actors Leslie Phillips as the doctor, Dilys Laye as the secretary, June Jago as the aunt. Lionel Jeffries as the family friend (whose efforts to teach the Jean Kent character to drive a car are simply hilarious), and Colin Gordon, Charles Hawtrey, Ronald Adam, and Joan Hickson. Best of all, though, is the leading actress who plays Jo, Julia "Toots" Lockwood, the young daughter of film great Margaret Lockwood. She is thoroughly charming and immensely appealing and at the same time plays her part with great sensitivity and conviction. Unfortunately, Toots didn't have a big film career, although she worked on the stage and on TV until she retired in the mid '70s. But she's a standout in this film, which is a must see for those who like British comedy of the period.

Reviewed by pegasusunicorn52 10 / 10 / 10

I've never regretted seeing this film.

They say that it takes only one person to write a book but things are a bit different when it comes to making a film(whether it be adapted from a book or simply thought up). To make a film requires a whole raft of talents not the least the actors and actresses involved. From the director down everyone--and I do mean everyone--is concerned with the finished product. When I saw 'Carry On Teacher' in my youth it was paired with this film and I noticed several members of the cast in both films: Leslie Phillips, Ted Ray, Joan Sims as well as a guest appearance by Charles Hawtrey(one of my favourites from the many Carry Ons he appeared in). Of course, the fact that behind the camera was the then screenwriter of the Carry Ons, Norman Hudis as well as Peter Rodgers and Gerald Thomas should have told me that I was viewing something that was a Carry On in all but name. My reference to a book in the first paragraph is a direct referral to the original title of this piece. It was a successful stage play called 'Book of the Month' by Basil Thomas(any relation to Gerald, I wonder?). I never saw the play so cannot comment on the treatment of the storyline. However, in the film, the cast members are required to play two parts; one the 'normal' family whose lives are about to be turned upside down by the penmanship of their daughter, but also their 'alter egos' in the reading of the book. This plot point works brilliantly as the daughter twists her family's quirks on their head and gives them totally new characteristics. I laughed myself silly at the antics portrayed on the screen and, although it was the support feature, I came away from the cinema thinking it was the better of the two films. Not that 'Carry On Teacher' wasn't funny--it was. It's just that I felt that 'Please Turn Over' had the edge over its more famous partner that day. Seeing it since then on TV and tape has given me no reason to change my mind. If you get the opportunity to see this film, do so. I promise that you won't regret it--I never have. Maybe one day they'll put it out on a DVD(perhaps along with the previously mentioned 'Carry On Teacher').

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