The story opens in London, and concerns pathetic Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael), a milquetoast who earns no respect from anybody, least of all April, the beautiful girl he wants to impress. Henry enrolls in The College of Lifesmanship" run by Mr. Potter (Alastair Sim) and learns how to always be "one-up" rather than "one-down," always in control of every situation and the confident winner in every scenario. Henry's a quick learner, but is his phony demeanor going to win the fair April?
If you like British comedies, you're going to love this movie. It's witty and fast-paced and I enjoyed listening to the actors and their posh accents. Carmichael is great as the loser-turned-smooth talker and is easy to like. Sim is droll and clever and Terry-Thomas is, well, Terry-Thomas and no one is funnier than he is. Jeanette Scott is adorable as the object of Henry's affection.
This 1960 comedy is hilarious and worth watching more than once. Heartily recommended.
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