Punch and Judy Man, The

Date: 1963
Director: Jeremy Summers
Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation, MacConkey Production

Stars: Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser, Barbara Murray, John Le Mesurier
Location(s): West Sussex

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Storyline:

A seaside Punch & Judy man is driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Dawn breaks on the seaside town of Piltdown. Facing east along The Esplanade in Bognor Regis on the coast of Sussex.

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A Road Sweeper brushes the street as the morning shadows begin to shorten. East Parade on The Esplanade with the Pier standing in the left distance.

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Workmen put up plaques as part of Piltdown’s forthcoming Gala Illuminations. This is the Promenade running between the beach and The Esplanade with the Pier in the right distance.

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An Early Riser buys a mug of tea from a street café. Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis with the Pier stretching into the English Channel in the right background.

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More views of the sleepy south coast town are seen. The beach below The Esplanade at the end of York Road in Bognor Regis with the Bandstand that appears in 'Summer Holiday' to the right of centre.

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The shot pans left and the junction of York Road and The Esplanade with the Rex Ballroom right of centre comes into view. The area has been cleared and redeveloped.

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The pan ends as the beach begins to come to life. Facing The Esplanade with properties on East Parade crossing the background.

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Traffic and pedestrians appear on the streets. The Esplanade in Bognor Regis with the Carlton Hotel left of centre and the Beaulieu Downs and Beaulieu Hotels to the right of centre.

After breakfast, Wally Pinner (Tony Hancock) arrives with his partner Edward Cox to set up their Punch & Judy show. The Esplanade at the southern end of Waterloo Square with The Pier in the background.

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Chris Kyle mimics the camera some forty-five years later.

Wally looks down from the Promenade to where Charles, the Sandman, is entertaining his audience. Looking toward the corner of The Esplanade and Waterloo Square with Pixies Hotel in the background.

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The same corner of The Esplanade and Waterloo Square by Chris Kyle.

On the beach, Charles Arthur Ford (John Le Mesurier) recounts the story depicted in his sand sculptures. The beach beside Bognor Regis Pier with the Pavilion at the seaward end.

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No Pavilion or end of the Pier in this image from Chris Kyle.

After shooing an inquisitive dog away, Charles continues his account of the the last moments of Lord Nelson's life. Bognor Regis Pier with the Pier Theatre and arcade to the top.

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Chris Kyle moves towards the landward end of the Pier for this shot.

Seaside photographer Nevil Shanks (Mario Fabrizi) plies his trade on the Promenade. The Esplanade with buildings on Waterloo Square in the distance.

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The same background buildings survive in Chris's picture.

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Edward Cox (Hugh Lloyd) unloads the booth from the back of the Lea Francis shooting brake. The Esplanade with Fitzleet House on Queensway rising in the left distance.

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Having persuaded a family to purchase his services, Nevil prepares to create more memories to cherish from Piltdown for just half a crown. Looking out to sea from The Esplanade.

The ‘Professor’ watches his ‘Bottler’ get into Nevil's way as he struggles with the Punch & Judy booth. The Esplanade with Waterloo Square in the background and the tower of Bognor Regis Methodist Church in the left distance.

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Chris Kyle is spot on with this shot.

Following an altercation between Edward and Mario, Wally urges his partner towards their pitch on the beach. The Esplanade with the landward end of the Pier in the background.

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Chris Kyle takes a closer view of the location now.

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While hammering pegs into the sand, Wally and Edward look up to see a young boy watching. Looking up at Bognor Regis Pier from the beach.

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Arriving far too early, Peter (Nicholas Webb) waits for the show to start. One of the groynes on the beach below the Pier.

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Following a poorly remunerated show and a lunchtime spent in The Trident, heavy rain spoils the afternoon. Looking towards the corner of York Road and The Esplanade.

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Over on the Promenade, Peter is spotted sheltering from the downpour. Looking from East Parade onto The Esplanade in Bognor Regis.

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Wally calls Peter across the deserted road to discover that he’s waiting for the rain to stop before walking home. East Parade on The Esplanade with the corner of York Road to the right.

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After the thrupenny fare is handed to the young lad, Wally walks with him towards the bus stop. The since demolished and replaced East Parade.

Through the pouring rain the pair approach The Igloo ice cream parlour. Outside Lansdowne House on The Esplanade, Bognor Regis.

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Stephen Dean explains that the lower part of the buildings look completely different now, but the upper floors have hardly changed.

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Wally takes Peter into The Igloo where the two of them enjoy a ‘Piltdown Glory’ ice cream sundae. The Esplanade with Lansdowne House on the left and the Connaught Hotel to the right.

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After grudgingly agreeing to perform a show during the Gala celebrations, Wally steps into the street outside the gift shop where he and wife Delia live. The Steyne with The Esplanade crossing the background.

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Sitting on a bench, Wally curses himself for being a fool to accept. The north end of Steyne Gardens with properties on West Street to the left and the southern end of Steyne Street to the right.

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In his head, Wally enacts what he sees as the pretentious behaviour of the town's elite. Buildings on the west side of The Steyne provide the backdrop.

As he passes a rubbish bin, Wally reads aloud “Drop your litter in the bin”. Facing west on Belmont Street with the corner of York Road to the left and the entrance to The Arcade between the pillars on the right.

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Chris Kyle found the Arcade's pillars.

Looking through an off license window, Wally echoes an advertisement asking ‘Why Not Wine?”. Looking out onto West Street with properties on The Steyne in the background.

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Taking this shot as close as possible to the screen capture, Chris Kyle advises that the off license has since been replaced by flats.

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Wally makes his way towards the sea front. The corner of The Esplanade and Waterloo Square with the now demolished Beach Hotel to the right.

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A Morris Minor noisily starts away after Wally crosses the road. Facing Waterloo Square from The Esplanade.

Fearing for his own sanity, Wally reaches the Promenade. Looking east along The Esplanade in Bognor Regis.

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Chris Kyle provides this comparison.

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Bognor Regis Pier is seen in ‘Poor Cow', 'Consuming Passions', ‘Summer Holiday’ and ‘The Woman in Question’ while various lengths of The Esplanade appear in ‘The Leather Boys’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

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Wally's unhinged actions continue. The beach at Bognor Regis with the Pier filling the background. The Pier Theatre opened in the 1910s.

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Meeting him on the beach, Charles walks with Wally. Dating from 1865, the once 1000 feet long pier has been reduced to 350 feet following storm damage in 1964, 1965 and 1999.

Wally breaks the news that he's appearing at the Gala. The Pavilion at the seaward end of the Pier was added in 1900.

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What's left of the Pier captured by Chris Kyle.

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The Sandman is asked to accompany Delia to the Gala. Facing The Esplanade from the beach with The Royal Hotel in the background.

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Onlookers gather on the sea front to see Lady Caterham and other dignitaries arrive for the Gala Illumination switching on ceremony. Facing west on The Esplanade with The Royal Hotel to the right.

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Arriving to entertain the Mayor and his guests at the Gala reception, Wally parks his shooting brake outside The Royal Hotel.

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When the car comes to a stand, the door is opened and Lady Jane Caterham (Barbara Murray) steps out. Looking from The Royal Hotel onto The Esplanade with the Pavilion at the end of the Pier visible top left. A similar view was seen in 'Wish You Were Here'.

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Lady Jane is escorted into the hotel where she is met by the Mayor. Looking onto The Esplanade from The Royal Hotel.

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Residents and visitors alike cheer and take photographs of the town’s elite. The Esplanade outside The Royal Hotel in Bognor Regis.

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Social climber Delia Pinner (Sylvia Syms) is shocked as her husband raises his arms to the watching crowd. In front of The Royal Hotel on The Esplanade.

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Piltdown’s Gala Illuminations are switched on before the bulbs begin to short circuit and the evening descends into chaos. The illuminated Pier entrance at Southend on Sea in Essex.

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Deciding to move on, Wally and Delia pack their belongings into the shooting brake and set of for pastures new. Outside the Connaught Hotel on The Esplanade with the Steyne Court Hotel on the left and The Royal Hotel to the right of centre beyond The Steyne.

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Life goes on in the seaside town as Wally drives along The Esplanade. Looking westward on The Esplanade outside The Royal Hotel with the Steyne Court Hotel in the centre left background.

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A last look at Piltdown through the end titles before ‘The Punch & Judy Man’ and his wife leave town. The Esplanade in Bognor Regis, Sussex with the Rex Ballroom and Theatre Royal to the right.