Movie Review: The Sandwich Man (1966)

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The Sandwich Man (1966)

The Sandwich Man (1966)


Director: Robert Hartford-Davis

Cast: Michael Bentine, Dora Bryan, Harry H. Corbett

Synopsis: A man with a sandwich board meets a variety of people as he wanders around London.

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The Sandwich Man is something of an oddity and, sad to say, not a particularly successful one. Ex-Goon Michael Bentine plays the eponymous sandwich man, strolling the streets of 1960s London, advertising the wares of FinkelBaum & O’Casey. That fictional company’s name is no accident, either: The Sandwich Man celebrates the City’s status as a cultural melting pot while gently poking fun at its residents, something which can be seen as reinforcing racial stereotypes in a way that would be unacceptable today. But their presence simply emphasises the film’s status as a snapshot of Britain’s capital city in the mid-1960s.

As far as the humour is concerned, The Sandwich Man fails on almost every level. Some of it might have been fresh back in 1966, but today it all looks very stale and overplayed, with many routines running on too long. There’s no plot to speak of, and for the most part, Michael Bentine’s character is as passive as the viewer. Two moments that might stick in the memory for a while: shots of Diana Dors (On the Double, Deep End) and Anna Quayle as a couple of housewives wandering around Billingsgate Market discussing the comparative merits of a couple of TV doctors, graphically interspersed with the gutting of fish, and the quite frankly bizarre end credits which feature a slow-motion wrestling match and unrelated shots of a dancing girl’s bikinied midriff…

(Reviewed 3rd February 2012)






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