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Submitted by Roger Mellor
They're a Weird Mob (1966)
"Radio Times" film guide
Director - Michael Powell
Starring - Walter Chiari
Running Time - 112 mins
Country of Origin - Aus
Screenplay - Richard Imrie [Emeric Pressburger], from the novel by Nino Culotta
Theatrical Distributor - Rank Film Dists Ltd
UK Cinema Certificate - U
An utterly dire, and rightly neglected, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger collaboration, a far cry from the days of their greatest films, such as The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus and A Matter of Life and Death. Pressburger contributed only the screenplay here, under the pseudonym of Richard Imrie, but even that is nothing to be proud of. This lacklustre would-be comedy derives most of its laughs from Italian immigrant Walter Chiari (best remembered for once having an affair with Ava Gardner) battling with the Aussie dialect, while trying to locate his female cousin. All performances, with the honourable exception of Australian veteran Chips Rafferty as the cousin's dad, are deplorable, verging on the amateur, and the whole simply doesn't come off.