Review: ‘The Sandwich Man’

The Sandwich Man is like a documentary in drag. Michael Bentine, who wrote the screenplay with the director, Robert Hartford-Davis, seeks to give a picture of London and some of the wayout, curious behaviour of its inhabitants through the eyes of a sandwich-board man who, wandering the streets, has a load of opportunity of observing, and of getting implicated. Not a bad idea and, filmed on location entirely, it gives director and cameraman Peter Newbrook a swell chance of bringing London to life. But in the countdown, a film has either got to be a feature pic or a 'doc' primarily.

The Sandwich Man is like a documentary in drag. Michael Bentine, who wrote the screenplay with the director, Robert Hartford-Davis, seeks to give a picture of London and some of the wayout, curious behaviour of its inhabitants through the eyes of a sandwich-board man who, wandering the streets, has a load of opportunity of observing, and of getting implicated. Not a bad idea and, filmed on location entirely, it gives director and cameraman Peter Newbrook a swell chance of bringing London to life. But in the countdown, a film has either got to be a feature pic or a ‘doc’ primarily.

A loosely scribed romance between a young car salesman and a model, and the fact that on this day Bentine’s prize racing pigeon is competing in an important race are the only two highly slim ‘plotlines’. For the remainder, Bentine (dressed as a dude sandwich-board man) wanders around observing the odd things happening around him.

Bentine has an amiable personality that deserves further screen exposure.

The Sandwich Man

UK

Production

Titan. Director Robert Hartford-Davis; Producer Peter Newbrook; Screenplay Michael Bentine, Robert Hartford-Davis; Camera Peter Newbrook; Editor Peter Taylor; Music Mike Vickers

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Michael Bentine Dora Bryan Harry H. Corbett Bernard Cribbins Diana Dors Ian Hendry
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