The Crimson Permanent Assurance

1983


Terry Gilliam
Director

A group of elderly office workers revolt against modern corporate business practices and become reasonably violent pirates "on the high seas of international finance."

Brilliant short film that was shown in theatres preceding Monty Python's Meaning of Life is actually much better than the main feature, even if it does end a bit...abruptly.

I've always loved this little film, and to realize so many years later that almost all the elderly office workers are played by extras who worked on hundreds and hundreds of British films and TV shows from the Forties through the Eighties, almost always uncredited, adds an extra layer of meaning. This is their swan song, their farewell party, and what a fun one it was.

Watch this, and then watch The Sea Hawk. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks to StoneAgeMan for identifying several actors in this. -Dave W.




1st May 1983
Cinema


16 mins
1.85:1





Sydney Arnold
Piratical Accountant/Helmsman

Guy Bertrand

Andrew Bicknell
Very Big Corporation Executive

Ross Davidson
Very Big Corporation Executive

Myrtle Devenish
Piratical Tea Lady

Tim Douglas

Eric Francis
Piratical Accountant

Matt Frewer
Very Big Corporation Executive

Billy John
Piratical Accountant

Russell Kilmister
Very Big Corporation Executive

Peter Mantle

Len Marten
Piratical Accountant

Peter Merrill

Cameron Miller
Piratical Accountant

Gareth Milne

Larry Noble
Piratical Accountant

Paddy Ryan
Piratical Accountant

Leslie Sarony
Piratical Accountant

John Scott Martin
Piratical Accountant/First Mate

Eric Stovell

Wally Thomas
Piratical Accountant/Captain

Jack Armstrong

Robert Carrick

Douglas Cooper
Evans, a Piratical Accountant

George Daly

Edwin Fowles
(as Chick Fowles)

Terry Grant

Robin Hewlett

Tommy Ilsley
(as Tommy Ilsey)

Juba Kennerley

Anthony Lang
(as Tony Lang)

John Murphy

Ronald Shilling

Albert Welch

Michael Palin
Window Washer

Graham Chapman
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)

Terry Gilliam
Window Washer

Eric Idle
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)

Terry Jones
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)

Gerald Paris
Passerby (uncredited)