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    Hi

    About 40-50 yrs ago I saw a black & white comedy film which I thought starred Norman Wisdom. It concerned a British industrial town which had one major industry and I thought it was textiles. Just about everyone in the town worked for this single employer and it was a hard and depressing place to work. I recall tall chimneys and smoke and I thought the town was called 'Sleath'. The main character also worked in the textile factory and he wanted to improve the town and the only way to do that was to level the town and to start over again. Somehow he tricked the American Navy into blowing up Sleath and the American Government upon discovering their mistake offered to rebuild the town. Gone was the factory and a bright new modern township stood in its place.

    This film sounds like a typical Norman Wisdom type movie. I recall the main character did a lot of running around and I believed he even pretended to be a high ranking American Commodore in order to convince the Navy to destroy Sleath. He got his way and became the town's hero.

    Who was the star and what was the name of the film?

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    Phil

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    If the OP is still around, the film is indeed a Norman Wisdom vehicle, There was a Crooked Man.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_...Man_%28film%29

    The fictional town was Sleath-on-Sea. There are some still on this website about filming in Darwen.

    http://www.darwendays.co.uk/index.ph..._Arnold_Jepson

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    Hi SilverTyne

    I feel sure you are correct. I must have seen it when it was originally released and not since. That's 55 years ago. However, I now know why so few people have seen it. At least that part of the mystery is solved and for that I am eternally grateful.

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    philharve

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    Here is an interesting newspaper article about a rare screening of that elusive Norman Wisdom film, written on 21.01.2008 :

    http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk...e_shown_again/

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    Very interesting, we need to get Hetty Wainthropp on the case

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