The Rebel (1961) Tony Hancock, George Sanders, John Le Mesurier, Liz Fraser, Nanette Newman Movie Review

The Rebel (1961)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Tony Hancock in The Rebel (1961)

Rebel I Have No Care For

Everyday Tony (Tony Hancock) heads for his 9 to 5 job where he finds himself spending more time drawing his portraits of the other members of staff than doing the work he is paid for. After being caught not doing his job again he quits to focus on becoming the great artist he believes he is and heads to France where he falls in with a group of artists who take a liking to his simplistic work. But Tony finds himself in hot water when he passes of another artist's work of as his own and is signed up by a major agent.

I have a vague recollection of watching an episode of "Hancock's Half Hour" as a child during the late 70s or 80s, one of those reruns which back then I remember finding quite amusing. I guess that my tastes may have changed because watching "The Rebel", one of Tony Hancock's movies, and for the most I found it frankly not very funny. Oh there are some amusing scenes; one involving a train carriage brought a smile to my face whilst some of Tony's matter of fact responses are amusing but very little in "The Rebel" made me laugh.

What this all boils down to is that "The Rebel" is really a movie for those who are already fans of Tony Hancock and his particular brand of comedy. That isn't to say it is a total bust for those who are not already Hancock fans as there are some amusing lines and scenes but not many.