U certificateOn the Beat is a Film programme that first aired in 1962 and has been classified a U certificate.

On the Beat is a 3 star programme

Image for the Film programme "On the Beat"
Picture: BBC


On the Beat (1962)

Directed by
Robert Asher

One of the very last genuine masters of the music hall, Sir Norman Wisdom died last week in a nursing home on his beloved Isle Of Man, aged 95 years old. To celebrate the life of this much-loved, sparkle-eyed clown of British comedy, BBC 2 have put together a commemorative afternoon and early evening of some of Wisdom's best work as well as a tragic-comic documentary dating from a few years ago, detailing Wisdom's ailing health and his family's attempts to cope with the problems posed by old age.

First up is On The Beat, a 1962 feature made when Wisdom was plumb in the middle of a rich vein of money-making films all constructed around his comic talents for agile body-comedy and deadpan melancholia. In On the Beat, Wisdom is a plodding policeman who, in trying to emulate his idolised father (also wearer of the blue uniform), only instigates a series of small-scale catastrophes for the general public and his law-enforcing colleagues.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1962

3/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Norman WisdomNorman Wisdom...Norman Pitkin
Jennifer Jayne...Rosanna
Raymond Huntley...Sir Ronald Ackroyd
David Lodge...Insp. Hobson
Esma Cannon...Mrs. Stammers
Eric Barker...Doctor
Eleanor Summerfield...Sgt. Wilkins
Ronnie Stevens...Oberon
Terence Alexander...Chief Supt. Belcher
Maurice Kaufmann...Vince
Dilys Laye...American Lady
George Pastell...Manzini
Jack Watson...Police Sgt.
Campbell Singer...Bollington
Lionel Murton...Man in Underground Train