22 February 2002 | calvertfan
Oddball English comedy
Quite a funny film at times, though maybe it's just so silly that it becomes funny. The first bit that will have you laughing is when Fortescue, who has a nose like Arthur Treacher, but isn't *actually* Arthur Treacher, escapes from the men chasing him by climbing over a wall, and landing in a Professor's garden party type of thing. The bonus? He's dressed like a professor himself, so the other men have an interesting time trying to find him. Fortescue manages to bluff that he's a Professor from an Australian university, and what do you know - ends up with a job as a teacher. The boys run him through the mill as good as they would any new teacher, until finally the board of education cottons on that none of them seem to be learning anything, and tells them they have to sit for some exams and pass with flying colours, or the school may be closed down. Some quick thinking - and cheating - ends up winning the young scholars a trip to France, and this is where the fun really begins, as one of the boy's brother has recently escaped from jail and wants to steal a necklace which just happens to be in the Paris museum...
It may sound stupid, but trust me, it's funny. And young Anthony Newley is a treat to watch as a cheeky school boy!