VCI Entertainment announced this past week that two volumes — each containing six feature films — of the works of British comedian Sir Norman Wisdom will be available as three-disc DVD collections beginning on Apr. 9.
These are titled Norman Wisdom Comedy Collection, Volume 1 and Norman Wisdom Comedy Collection, Volume 2 … the first volume features his early films (1950s), including his leading actor debut in writer/director John Paddy Carstairs’ Trouble in Store (released in the U.K. in 1953, but did not arrive theatrically until January of 1955 in the United States), while the second collection are his comedies from the early 1960s. While a huge comedy star in England and through Europe, many of his films failed to find a home theatrically-speaking in the United States.
Included in volume one are: Trouble in Store, One Good Turn (1955 in the U.K., but did not get released theatrically in the U.S.), Man of the Moment (U.K., 1955; U.S., 1956), Up In the World (U.K., 1956; but not released in the U.S.), Just My Luck (U.K. only, 1957) and The Square Peg (U.K. only, 1958 … with Honor Blackman, who would star as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger in 1964).
The second volume of Norman Wisdom comedies being released by VCI Entertainment on Apr. 9 includes the following: Follow A Star (U.K., 1959; U.S., 1961), The Bulldog Breed (U.K. only 1960), On the Beat (U.K. 1962; U.S. 1963), A Stitch in Time (U.K, 1963; U.S., 1967), The Early Bird (U.K., 1965) and last, but not least, director Robert Asher’s 1966 comedy, Press For Time (U.K. only), which features Wisdom in multiple roles.