Punch and Judy Man Reviews
We can see a lot of Tony Hancock‚??s inner self at work here - an entertainer at odds with the world who was at that time going through a very rough patch with his wife. His performance is faultless. As is the performances of the cast as a whole - from the beach front ‚??theatricals‚?? to the pocket lining town council; they even drink in segregated parts of the local pub where Hancock goads and lampoons them to his friends amusement.
There appears to be the perfect balance of visual and spoken gags through the length of this film and unlike The Rebel Hancock does not appear as a big fish in a small pond - more as a genuinely complicated, troubled and lovable character who along with the rest of the excellent cast, script rich in back story and class driven conflict and technically solid presentation (some nice jump cuts here) transforms The Punch and Judy Man from another run-of-the-mill comedy vehicle into a bitter sweet and compelling film.
Watch it - even if just for the ice cream parlour scene - where Hancock in an almost silent scene manages to out act almost everyone that I can think of.