"Lost" Norman Wisdom Film now on DVD- £6.50  "There Was a Crooked Man" 1960. Networkonair
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"Lost" Norman Wisdom Film now on DVD- £6.50 "There Was a Crooked Man" 1960. Networkonair

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Found 22nd May 2017
From time to time this site has deals for Norman Wisdom box sets. Well here's one you won't have seen before. For various reasons this film had a limited theatrical release in 1960 and was never seen again on the big or small screen. The first time I heard of it was in 2008. A print had been located with a private collector and a showing of the film took place in a cinema in Darwen.
lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/new…in/

Like everyone else aware of it, I hoped it would eventually get a wider release and now it finally comes to DVD. Sadly Norman Wisdom died in 2010 at the age of 95 so never got to see this again. But now we all can. It feels a bit like when lost Doctor Who episodes or other film or tv from the past turn up, available to all for the first time in decades. Let's hope this release is a success in honour of a great comedian and much loved man.

On creating an account, the Network price is showing as £6.50 inclusive of postage. More or less the price of a cinema ticket and an absolute bargain. Costs more on Amazon.
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HOT - It's Norman Wisdom
spatter

not 'lost' enough for me!



I take it you're not a Norman wisdom fan then? ...thanks for taking the time to comment though, very useful input appreciated by all no doubt! X)

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HOT - It's Norman Wisdom
is this the one that is supposed to be where Dr strangelove came from?
Heat - ordered as a present for a huge Norman Wisdom fan, going to be so happy
Mr Grimsdale
Again, heat just for Norman Wisdom
heat dad will love this
not 'lost' enough for me!
spatter

not 'lost' enough for me!



I take it you're not a Norman wisdom fan then? ...thanks for taking the time to comment though, very useful input appreciated by all no doubt! X)

I'm not Albanian

Edited by: "spatter" 22nd May 2017
spatter

I'm not Albanian


I'm not Albanian either. Anyone else not Albanian?
He did become a crooked man in the late 1960s, with his silver bullion investments!

philipgregson58

I'm not Albanian either. Anyone else not Albanian?


Nope I'm not Albanian either...Funny that int'it!
winstonmanc

He did become a crooked man in the late 1960s, with his silver bullion … He did become a crooked man in the late 1960s, with his silver bullion investments!



Why, were they illegal?
All I'm getting is a 403 error for the link!
I was about to ask the OP the question why was it only shown once and never again but here is the answer from Wiki:

The film was generally released in 1960 on the Rank circuit (supported by the documentary 'Jungle Hell') to less than spectacular business before being withdrawn, allegedly by US interference who were offended by Norman masquerading as an arrogant US general requisitioning British land for the US Air Force. The subject of US forces on British soil was deemed too sensitive even for comic treatment.

Intriguing.
you'd think Norman wisdom wouldn't count as comic treatment!
crazylegs

All I'm getting is a 403 error for the link!



Website down till Wednesday
xenophon

I was about to ask the OP the question why was it only shown once and … I was about to ask the OP the question why was it only shown once and never again but here is the answer from Wiki:The film was generally released in 1960 on the Rank circuit (supported by the documentary 'Jungle Hell') to less than spectacular business before being withdrawn, allegedly by US interference who were offended by Norman masquerading as an arrogant US general requisitioning British land for the US Air Force. The subject of US forces on British soil was deemed too sensitive even for comic treatment.Intriguing.


Sounds about right, Fat ass Yanks poking there noses into our business as per usual
datalossfs

Website down till Wednesday



​The jokes on you!
xenophon

Why, were they illegal?



The investments weren't, but not paying tax on them when he sold them a year later was illegal. He initially won the court case claiming he wasn't a regular investment trader, but then lost when the IR appealed.
An unfunny tax avoider.
xenophon

I was about to ask the OP the question why was it only shown once and … I was about to ask the OP the question why was it only shown once and never again but here is the answer from Wiki:The film was generally released in 1960 on the Rank circuit (supported by the documentary 'Jungle Hell') to less than spectacular business before being withdrawn, allegedly by US interference who were offended by Norman masquerading as an arrogant US general requisitioning British land for the US Air Force. The subject of US forces on British soil was deemed too sensitive even for comic treatment.Intriguing.



Interesting. Wonder if that's really true. Terrible if so. If I'm not getting mixed up, had also read it was a film on which copyright problems existed. I don't know who now holds the copyright, or whether the copy now on DVD was from the private collector's print and he's sold it on. Very mysterious history on this one.

The Network website is still down but supposed to be back up today. Past reviews suggest it's one of his funniest films. And he doesn't play his usual gump character. But ultimately it doesn't really matter how funny it is or whether a person generally thinks he's funny or not or uncharitably speaks ill of the dead. This is an incredibly rare release, unseen since the early 1960s and his only unreleased film. On that basis alone it's highly significant and can't wait to see it.

The next one I'm hoping will see the light of day in the coming years will be "The Day the Clown Cried". Jerry Lewis' unreleased holocaust film. Which will probably be a lot better than he feared. There's even you tube footage now available.
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