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    It starred Sid James and Charles Hawtrey, yet I've read two contradictory descriptions of what this is. One book has said it was a film, while another suggest it was a South African TV sitcom. Who's right? Does anyone have any more information about this? Thanks!

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    Stop Exchange was a South African comedy film which Sid James worked on for just a day-and-a-half in 1969. It has never been screened in Britain. I do not know if Charles Hawtry was involved.

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    Charlie is listed in the cast here at the BFI:



    BFI | Film & TV Database | STOP EXCHANGE (1970)



    Stop Exchange is also mentioned in his entry at Wikipedia:



    Charles Hawtrey (film actor) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    There it is called a series but since television apparently wasn't introduced into South Africa until 1976, then a cinematic production seems far more likely.



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    Hugo, can you please tell me how you know this information so I can cite my reference? Many thanks ...



    Stop Exchange was a South African comedy film which Sid James worked on for just a day-and-a-half in 1969. It has never been screened in Britain. I do not know if Charles Hawtry was involved.

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    The above information, plus a little more about the film, comes from the book The Complete Sid James by Robert Ross published by Reynolds and Hearn Ltd in 2000.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.hinton View Post
    It starred Sid James and Charles Hawtrey, yet I've read two contradictory descriptions of what this is. One book has said it was a film, while another suggest it was a South African TV sitcom. Who's right? Does anyone have any more information about this? Thanks!
    "Stop Exchange" was a feature film, not a TV sitcom, released in South Africa in May 1970. Sidney James and Charles Hawtrey were guest stars. Local actors included Arthur Swemmer and Marius Weyers and it was written and directed by Howard Rennie.

    According to the book "Sid James" by Cliff Goodwin, Sid spent his 56th birthday at the Kruger Park while in South Africa to take part in the film.

    (I recently submitted this missing title to IMDb).

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