Smallest Show on Earth

Big Time Operators

1957

Basil Dearden
Director
British Lion
Distributor

Happy couple Travers and McKenna inherit a cinema from a long-forgotten relative. Unfortunately for them it's not quite the movie palace they expect.

Delightful comedy, thanks especially to the motley crew of the cinema itself. Rutherford, as always, steals every scene she's in, while Sellers and especially Miles make the most convincing pair of old codgers before Albert Finney in Scrooge. Travers' travails in the projection booth help to answer why there are so few pristine prints of old films still around! Were British cinemas really this unruly back then?

-Dave W.

Additional screencaps courtesy Gerald Lovell.


The Smallest Show on Earth
9th April 1957
Cinema



82 mins
1.37:1

Big Time Operators
22nd November 1957
Cinema



80 mins
1.37:1



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Virginia McKenna
Jean Spenser
Bill Travers
Matt Spenser
Peter Sellers
Mr. Percy Quill
Margaret Rutherford
Mrs. Fazackalee
Bernard Miles
Old Tom
Francis De Wolff
Albert Hardcastle
Sid James
Mr. Hogg
(as Sidney James)
George Cross
Grand Comissionaire
June Cunningham
Marlene Hogg
Leslie Phillips
Robin Carter
George Cormack
Sam Bell
Stringer Davis
Fred Emmett
Michael Corcoran
Taxi Driver
Unknown
Waiter on Train
(uncredited)
Meadows White
Sloughborough Ticket Collector
(uncredited)
Jack Sharp
Man in Line at Grand
(uncredited)
Unknown
Counterwoman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cowboy in "Killer Riders of Wyoming"
(uncredited)
Unknown
Indian in "Killer Riders of Wyoming"
(uncredited)
Terry Burton
The First Customer
(uncredited)
Liz Fraser
Girl in Cinema
(uncredited)
Unknown
Woman in Cinema
(uncredited)
Unknown
Boyfriend in Cinema
(uncredited)
Unknown
Girlfriend in Cinema
(uncredited)
June Ramsay
Distracted Girl
(uncredited)
Frank Launder
Man in Grand Cinema
(uncredited)
Marian Collins
Ice-Cream Girl at Grand
(uncredited)
John Slavid
Johnnie, Lead Teddy-boy
(uncredited)
Unknown
Teddy-boy Fighting in Cinema
(uncredited)
Unknown
Teddy-boy Fighting in Cinema
(uncredited)
Eric Martin
Teddy-boy (uncredited)
Peter Copley
Hank in "The Mystery of Hell Valley"
(uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi
Actor in "The Mystery of Hell Valley"
(uncredited)
Alma Taylor
Helen Adair in "Comin' Thro the Rye"
(uncredited)
Shayle Gardner
Paul Vasher in "Comin' Thro the Rye"
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man Delivering Newsreel
(uncredited)
Bill Nagy
Culpepper in 'The Devil Riders of Parched Point'
(uncredited)
Unknown
Actress in 'The Devil Riders of Parched Point'
(uncredited)
Unknown
Old Lady in Cinema
(uncredited)
Audrey Sykes
Old Lady in Cinema (Mavis)
(uncredited)
Jack May
Man in Cinema
(uncredited)
Trevor Reid
Doctor (uncredited)
Unknown
Old Tom's Cat
(uncredited)
John Bush
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Frazer Hines
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Billy Lawrence
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
John Pike
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Michael Scoble
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Leslie Slysz
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Doris Yorke
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes