Will Any Gentleman…? (1953)

84m, 7560 feet
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound System), English

A British fantasy film directed by Michael Anderson.

Plot Summary

Bank clerk Henry Stirling's life is turned upside down when he visits a variety theatre and is hypnotised into believing that he's the world's greatest lover.


Directed by: Michael Anderson
Associated British Picture Corporation Ltd. presents
Distributed throughout the world by Associated British-Pathe Limited
Produced by: Hamilton G. Inglis
Screenplay by: Vernon Sylvaine, from his play ‘Will Any Gentleman?'
Director of Photography: Erwin Hillier
Editor: Max Benedict
Music by: Wally Stott
Recording Director: Harold V. King
Sound Recordist: Leslie Hammond
Make-up: L.V. Clark
Hair Styles: A.G. Scott
Casting Director: John Redway
Made at: Associated British Elstree Studios

George Cole (Henry Stirling)
Veronica Hurst (Florence)
Jon Pertwee (Charley Stirling)
James Hayter (Dr Smith)
Heather Thatcher (Mrs Whittle)
William Hartnell (Detective Inspector Martin)
Sidney James (Mr Hobson)
Diana Decker (Angel)
Joan Sims (Beryl, the maid)
Brian Oulton (Mr Jackson)
Alan Badel (Mendoza)
Wilfred Boyle (Albert Boyle)
Alexander Gauge (Mr Billing)
Jill Melford (Honey)
Josephine Douglas (doctor's receptionist)
Diana Hope (blonde in bank)
Martin Wyldeck (commissionaire)
Richard Massingham (stout man in music hall)
Peter Butterworth (stage manager)
Wally Patch (boookmaker)
Frank Birch (Mr Brown)
Arthur Howard (Mr Coding)
Lionel Jeffries (Mr Frobisher)
Brian Wilde (1st clerk)
Nan Braunton (neighbour)
Lucy Griffiths (blonde outside bank)
Harry Herbert (stage door keeper)
Russ Allen (sporty type)

Alternative Titles

Bajba jutott gentleman – Hungary
Erittäin vaarallista – Finland
Farlig för flickor
– Sweden
Hypnose gefällig…?
– Germany
La vie scandaleuse de Mister Sterling – Belgium (French)
Le scandaleux Mister Sterling
– France
Lo stravagante mister Morris
– Italy
The Reluctant Casanova
– alternative title
V. Ex.ª Quer Ter a Bondade?
– Portugal
Der verhinderte Don Juan – Switzerland (German)

Alternative Titles

See also
Brian Rix Presents…: Will Any Gentleman (1961)
Six with Rix: Will Any Gentleman? (1972)



  • Kine Weekly no.2373 18 December 1952) p.To be released 80A
  • Kine Weekly no.2395 21 May 1953) p.17
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.20 no.234 July 1953) p.112
  • Today's Cinema vol.79 no.6624 3 November 1952) p.10
  • Today's Cinema vol.80 no.6757 13 May 1953) p.10
  • Variety 2 September 1953


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.541 – credits