Decline and Fall... of a Bird Watcher

Decline and Fall... of a Bird Watcher

Director: John Krish Cast: Robin Phillips, Genevieve Page, Donald Wolfit

DVD (Full Frame)

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In this feather-weight version of Evelyn Waugh's novel Decline and Fall, Paul Pennyfeather (Robin Phillips) is an Oxford divinity student who finds himself expelled after a gang of drunken freshmen remove his pants and he is accused of exposing himself to a girl. Looking for work, he retains the services of an unsavory employment agency that secures a position for him at a sleazy Welsh boarding school for boys, presided over by the colorful Dr. Fagan (Donald Wolfit). On staff at the school are an assortment of distasteful screwballs; Mr. Prendergast (Robert Harris) is a withdrawn former clergyman; Captain Grimes (Leo McKern) is a one-legged two-timer with his eye on Fagan's daughter Flossie (Patience Collier); and Soloman Philbrick (Colin Blakely) is an undercover criminal posing as Fagan's butler. All hell breaks loose during the school's annual Sports Day, but Paul manages to meet a wealthy patron of the school, Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Geneviève Page), who hires him to tutor her son. At her estate, Margot seduces Paul, and Paul proposes marriage. But before the wedding, Margot asks Paul, as a favor, to travel to Tangiers on a business trip. He agrees but is soon arrested for trafficking in prostitution. Sent to jail, he runs into Philbrick and Captain Grimes, and now Margot has to scheme to get Paul out of jail.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
UPC: 0024543934424
Original Release: 1968
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 81,706

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Phillips Paul Pennyfeather
Genevieve Page Margot Beste-Chetwynde
Donald Wolfit Dr. Fagan
Colin Blakely Philbrick
Patience Collier Flossie Fagan
Michael Elwyn Alastair Vane-Trumpington
Robert Harris Prendergast
Griffith Jones Sir Humphrey
Leo McKern Capt. Grimes
Felix Aylmer Judge
Donald Sinden Prison Governor
Rodney Bewes Potts
Patrick Magee Maniac
Jeremy Child Nigel
Helen Christie Mrs. Clutterbuck
Tom Clegg Warder
Paul Curran Clergyman
Ivor Dean Old Bailey Policeman
Roy Evans Boney
Michael Hawkins Stubbs
Joan Haythorne Miss Hart
Clifton Jones Chokey
Duncan Lamont Inspector Bruce
Ann Lancaster Mrs. Grimes
Victor Maddern Actor
Marne Maitland Junior Policeman
Michael Newport Lord Tangent
Michael Nightingale Col. Clutterbuck
George Pravda Harbor Policeman
Norman Scace Dean
Joan Sterndale-Bennett Lady Circumference
John Trenaman Actor
Kenneth J. Warren Actor
Jack Watson Gallery Warder
Katy Wild Giggling Girl
John Cater Blackall
Sarah Atkinson Jane
Christopher Banks Clerk of the Court
Roland Curram Otto Silenus
Kenneth Griffith Mr. Levy
Paul Rogers Chief Warder

Technical Credits
John Krish Director
Jonathan Barry Art Director
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Anna Duse Costumes/Costume Designer
Ivan Foxwell Producer,Screenwriter
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Alan Hackney Screenwriter
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Archie Ludski Editor
Hugh Whitemore Screenwriter

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