Decline and Fall ... of a Bird Watcher


1h 53m 1969

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Jan 1969
Production Company
Ivan Foxwell Enterprises
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (London, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Bird watching is the favorite pastime of Paul Pennyfeather, a sensitive, serious young divinity student at Oxford. After being set upon by some drunken undergraduates who remove his trousers, he stumbles over a girl and is expelled for indecent conduct. Through a disreputable employment agency, he gets a teaching job at a seedy Welsh boarding school for boys presided over by the flamboyant Dr. Fagan. Also on the staff are Mr. Prendergast, an old-maidish former clergyman; Captain Grimes, a one-legged bigamist who has opportunistic designs on Fagan's unattractive daughter Flossie; and Solomon Philbrick, a criminal who serves as Fagan's butler. On Sports Day, everything goes wrong as rain pours down, Prendergast accidentally shoots a student in the foot with the starter's gun, and the nefarious Philbrick sees to it that the silver trophies are stolen. For Paul, however, the day is saved when he meets a wealthy patron named Margot Beste-Chetwynde, who asks him to tutor her son at her lavish estate. After being easily seduced, Paul proposes marriage to Margot and is accepted. Before the ceremony, Margot gets Paul to go to Tangier on a seemingly innocent business trip. As a result, Paul finds himself convicted of trafficking in prostitution and sent to prison. There he encounters two old acquaintances, Philbrick and Captain Grimes. Margot, after marrying the Home Secretary, arranges for Paul's release by a complicated maneuver in which it is stated that Paul died in Dr. Fagan's new nursing home. And a corpse for Paul is provided when Prendergast conveniently comes to an untimely end. Now officially dead, Paul is able to assume a new identity and set out on a new life.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Jan 1969
Production Company
Ivan Foxwell Enterprises
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (London, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

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Trivia

Notes

Copyright length: 90 min. Released in Great Britain in 1968.