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Independent Producers

TRANSOCEAN FILMS

Odd name for a very British company, Producing very British comedies mainly directed by Roman ex-pat Mario Zampi (but cf Two Cities). Laughter in Paradise, the peerless Alistair Sim mischievous will comedy, was probably the most well-regarded, but there was also Top Secret, with George Cole as a plumber turned accidental spy, and of course Bottoms Up!, the Whack-O! film complete with Richard Briers and a “whacking platform”. Then practically nothing for about a decade, until 1969 when esteemed TV comedy producer Duncan Wood remade Laughter as Some Will, Some Won’t, with Michael Hordern, Thora Hird and Ronnie Corbett, and a rather broader comedic note than before, as befitted a veteran of Benny Hill.

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