Today: May 26, 2024

The Sandwich Man

The Sandwich Man is a genuine curiosity that plays out like a love-letter to ‘60s London. 

Original Goon Michael Bentine co-wrote the script and gives a memorable performance as the titular Sandwich Man, Horace Quilby, who treads a perpetual odyssey through the streets on behalf of Finklebaum and O’Casey – dealers in ‘misfit clothing’. Resplendent in top hat, tails, and sandwich board, his is an unique angle from which to observe life.

While the plot is wafer thin, the performances are all top-notch. The result is a gentle, whimsical comedy that features a Who’s Who of British talent including Norman Wisdom, Diana Dors, Harry H. Corbett, Dora Bryan, Bernard Cribbins, Terry Thomas, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Alfie Bass, Roger Delgardo, Burt Kwouk, and Suzie Kendall.

The Sandwich Man wasn’t a hit back then, and Network’s reissue is unlikely to win it any retrospective accolades. But, despite its faults, this is a fascinating and charming watch in which the City itself is the true star.

A film that collectors and Londonphiles will love.

Commentary with Producer/Cinematographer Peter Newbrook.
Theatrical Trailer.
Image Gallery.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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