Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him.
It has been said that Hancock attributed the film's failure, to the Punch puppet which he claimed brought ill fortune.
Dudley House Bed & Breakfast has a Bognor Regis, rather than Piltdown, phone number, so revealing the genuine location used.
The Piltdown civic dignitaries portrayed in this film are, like all other characters and events in the film, wholly fictitious and any similarity to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
The version of the film issued in 2006 as a DVD double with Call Me Genius (1961) by Optimum Releasing is edited, removing four minutes of footage (at around the nine minutes mark). This loses Wally leaving the house after breakfast - after inserting some flowers into the pig ornament on his way out - to visit Edward mending the puppet crocodile in his garage, then encountering the Mayor on the road. The beginning of the following scene in the Town Hall is also clipped.