The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)

94m, 8429 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

A British satirical fantasy film directed by Kevin Billington.

Plot Summary

Michael Rimmer, a business efficiency expert, so effectively demoralises the staff of an advertising agency that he manages to take over as managing director. He's soon a household name through his advertising work and sets out to be elected Britain's first President.


Directed by: Kevin Billington
© MCMLXX [1970] by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Inc.
A David Paradine film
Executive Producer: David Frost
Produced by: Harry Fine
Screenplay by: Peter Cook, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Kevin Billington
Director of Photography: Alex Thomson
Editor: Stan Hawkes
Costumes: Ken Lewington
Chief Makeup Artist: Eddie Knight
Hairdresser: Olga Angilinetta
Music Composed and Conducted by: John Cameron
Sound Recordist: Jim Willis
Art Director: Carmen Dillon
Casting Director: John Merrick
Made at: St. Johns Wood Studios
Television Studio Facilities: London Weekend Television

Peter Cook (Michael Rimmer)
Denholm Elliott (Peter Niss)
Ronald Fraser (Tom Hutchison)
Arthur Lowe (Ferret)
Vanessa Howard (Patricia Cartwright)
James Cossins (Crodder)
Roland Culver (Sir Eric Bentley)
Dudley Foster (Federman)
Julian Glover (Colonel Moffat)
Richard Pearson (Wilting)
Harold Pinter (Steven Hench)
Dennis Price (Fairburn)
Ronnie Corbett (interviewer)
Michael Barrington (Major Scott)
Michael Bates (Mr Spimm)
Ann Beach (receptionist)
Norman Bird (Alderman Poot)
Jonathan Cecil (“Spot”)
Graham Chapman (Fromage)
John Cleese (Pumer)

Alternative Titles

A gátlástalanság lovagja – Hungarian title
Постоянният възход на Майкъл Римър – Bulgarian title


Cinema Scope no.40 (Autumn 2009) pp.16-19 – article (The Road to In the Loop: British Satire-Sitcom-Cinema by Henry K. Miller)
Kine Weekly no.3292 (14 November 1970) p.10 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.444 (January 1971) p.12 – credits, synopsis, review
Sight & Sound vol.20 no7 (July 2010) pp.26-27 – illustrated article (Selling England by the pound by Mark Sinker)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.207 no.32 (5 September 1969) p.10 – credits
Today's Cinema no.9691 (30 June 1969) p.11 – credits
Today's Cinema no.9856 (13 November 1970) p.8 – credits, review
Variety 25 November 1970 p.13 – credits, review

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.404 – credits