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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.


  • Hugh Owens
  • Harry Andrews
  • Arthur Lowe
  • William Mervyn
  • Coral Browne
  • James Villiers
  • Alastair Sim
  • Hugh Burden
  • Peter O'Toole
  • Michael Bryant

Did You Know?


  • Alastair Sim modeled his characterization of Bishop Lampton on the Primate of All England (chief religious figure in the Church of England), Michael Ramsey (subsequently Baron Ramsay of Canterbury). Portraits of Ramsay in the National Gallery bear a likeness to the physical aspects of Sim's character.
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  • When they are burying Lady Gurney, the camera casts a shadow over the grave stones and ground.
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    • Lady Claire Gurney: How do you know you're God?
    • Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney: Simple. When I pray to Him, I find I am talking to myself.
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