6 February 2020 | boblipton
The Dread Death-Watch Beetle
Leo Franklyn has just been appointed to a new parish. It includes a church that is at the point of falling down, and a tenant, William Hartnell, who is running a fight club. This, of course, is unsuitable for this sort of church, but given the delapidation of the building, the fact that Franklyn's nephew Brian Rex, has just gotten out of the navy, was a boxing champion there, and wants to go into holy orders... well, It's fairly obvious that Franklyn is going to try to look the other way, and that it won't work.
It's all rather episodic and chaotic given that the scriptwriting was led by John Paddy Carstairs, but director George Pollock was never one to let a script get in the way of a star comic turn. He's got several here, including Sid James in a marquis-value role, Miles Malleson and Renee Houston. Nothing quite fits together, but you can be sure that everything will end well, even if the reasons have to be pulled out of the air.