History Film / TheLifeAndDeathOfColonelBlimp

23rd Oct '17 1:48:34 PM AnotherGuy
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* NonIndicativeName: The central character is not called Blimp, he never achieves the rank of colonel, [[spoiler:and he doesn’t die.]]
23rd Oct '17 1:44:10 PM AnotherGuy
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* GoodScarsBadScars: [[spoiler:The reason for Clive's stereotypical mustache? To hide a dueling scar.]]


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* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: [[spoiler:The reason for Clive's stereotypical mustache? To hide a dueling scar.]]
23rd Oct '17 1:42:37 PM AnotherGuy
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* GoodScarsBadScars: [[spoiler:The reason for Clive's stereotypical mustache? To hide a dueling scar.]]
13th Jun '17 9:40:09 PM nombretomado
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A (subtle) 1943 British WorldWarII propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

In the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.

The film was released in 1943 in the United Kingdom, at the height of WorldWarTwo, and two years later in the United States ([[ExecutiveMeddling in heavily edited form]]).

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A (subtle) 1943 British WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

In the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.

The film was released in 1943 in the United Kingdom, at the height of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and two years later in the United States ([[ExecutiveMeddling in heavily edited form]]).



Upon examining the script, they continued to obstruct its production out of fears that it would might instill doubts about whether all Germans were inherently thuggish and brutal, as in all the propaganda produced during the war so far and in WorldWarOne. This was done because it was not felt that ordinary British people were capable of understanding nuance. Together they successfully prevented Powell & Pressburger from hiring Creator/LaurenceOlivier for the role of Blimp and legally using military equipment and vehicles (which had to be stolen). At the time of its release critics also attacked it for mocking the British Army and/or being "pro-German".

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Upon examining the script, they continued to obstruct its production out of fears that it would might instill doubts about whether all Germans were inherently thuggish and brutal, as in all the propaganda produced during the war so far and in WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. This was done because it was not felt that ordinary British people were capable of understanding nuance. Together they successfully prevented Powell & Pressburger from hiring Creator/LaurenceOlivier for the role of Blimp and legally using military equipment and vehicles (which had to be stolen). At the time of its release critics also attacked it for mocking the British Army and/or being "pro-German".
14th Oct '16 4:55:08 AM 06tele
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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" Cannon.
* WhenIWasYourAge : Candy invokes this at the end of the film, in his dealing with spud.

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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" "Johnny" Cannon.
* WhenIWasYourAge : Candy invokes this at the end of the film, in his dealing with spud.Spud.
14th Oct '16 4:54:26 AM 06tele
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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" Cannon.
14th Oct '16 4:52:35 AM 06tele
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Clive is apparently friendly with Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, who's said in the film to be collecting material to counter the Germans' anti-British propaganda.
14th Oct '16 4:45:31 AM 06tele
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lovely one: Clive has lost the war game to Spud and his own approach has been shown up as outdated, but he's accepted that he himself can't change and that officers like Spud are what the war effort needs, so as Spud and his men march past, he salutes them, grinning.]]
* CoolOldGuy : The film manages to make Clive Wynne Candy, a caricature of the Colonel Blimp cartoons, into this. Or as Johnny Cannon says, "a real old darling!"

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lovely one: Clive has lost the war game to Spud in a very humiliating way, and his own approach has been shown up as outdated, but on the other hand he's finally accepted that he himself can't change and that officers like Spud are what the war effort needs, so as Spud and his men march past, he salutes them, grinning.]]
* CoolOldGuy : The film manages to make Clive Wynne Candy, a caricature of the Colonel Blimp cartoons, into this. Or as Johnny Cannon says, "a real "He's such an old darling!"darling."
14th Oct '16 4:41:58 AM 06tele
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* IWasQuiteALooker: Clive doesn't exactly say this about himself in the speech at the top of the page, not being the boastful type, but although the old Clive make-up is very convincing, young Clive was quite the heartthrob. (Roger Livesey was only 36-37 when the film was made.)
8th Jul '16 9:29:22 AM Mdumas43073
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Opening in 1943 in the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.

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Opening in 1943 in In the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.
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