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Bresslaw, Bernard (1934-1993)


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Bernard Bresslaw (born in Stepney, London, on 25 February 1934) was a tall, RADA-trained comic actor who became a household name for his role as gormless Pte Arnold Popplewell in TV's The Army Game (ATV, 1957-61), with his plaintive 'I only arsked', the title of his 1957 film.

His 40-odd films were almost entirely in comic mode, including 14 Carry On films, overshadowed by Sidney James and Kenneth Williams, with occasional up-market outings like Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (d. Karel Reisz, 1966).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)

Comedy about union unrest at the W.C. Boggs toilet factory

Thumbnail image of Carry On Camping (1969)Carry On Camping (1969)

Comedy in which various deluded people go on a camping holiday

Thumbnail image of Carry On Cowboy (1965)Carry On Cowboy (1965)

Western parody: a hapless Marshall attempts to clean us Stodge City

Thumbnail image of Carry On Doctor (1968)Carry On Doctor (1968)

Frankie Howerd joins the team on its second tour of the wards

Thumbnail image of Carry On Screaming! (1966)Carry On Screaming! (1966)

The Carry On team take on Hammer in this spoof horror comedy

Thumbnail image of Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)

Highly entertaining Empire spoof from the usual team

Thumbnail image of Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Seminal Swinging Sixties comedy about an artist and his problems

Thumbnail image of Midsummer Night's Dream, A (1964)Midsummer Night's Dream, A (1964)

ITV adaptation of the Shakespeare play, with Benny Hill as Bottom

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