… OR HOW A HUMBLE MAN OF THE CLOTH WAS GIVEN THE OLD DOUBLE CROSS.
Prison chaplain John Edward Smallwood (Peter Sellers) is accidentally assigned as vicar to a small, conservative town where he proceeds to turn it upside down. The gang behind I’m All Right Jack (1959) returned with a similarly cheeky concept; this time, the clergy is the target of satire as the vicar encourages a wealthy woman in the town to interpret the Bible in a decidedly Socialist way, wreaking havoc in the local economy. The church is depicted as guardians of privileged classes, but the film throws punches in every direction, giving the mischievous chaplain an absurd, space-bound fate! Sellers is fine in one of his first lead roles.
1963-Britain. 105 min. B/W. Produced and directed by John Boulting, Roy Boulting. Screenplay: Frank Harvey, John Boulting. Cast: Peter Sellers (John Edward Smallwood), Cecil Parker (Aspinall), Isabel Jeans (Lucy Despard), Eric Sykes, Bernard Miles, Ian Carmichael… Joan Hickson.