Carmichael is a junior lecturer in history at an English university. One weekend he finds himself involved in a series of slapstick misadventures, first at a party given by a colleague, then at some important school ceremonies. The film is a slap-dash comic spree with excellent support by
a fine group of comic actors including the always wonderful Terry-Thomas. The direction keeps things running at a merry pace. This was the third comic success from the producing/directing Boulting brothers after PRIVATE'S PROGRESS and BROTHERS IN LAW, both of which also featured Carmichael. But
fans of the novel this is based upon will probably be disappointed. All the subtlety in Amis' book is dropped for broader comedy. On its own, though, the film is still quite funny.
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