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'Professor' Jimmy Edwards as the conniving, cane-thrashing,
horse-betting (and often drunken) Headmaster of Chiselbury School
('For the Sons of Gentlefolk') with his assistants Mr. Oliver
Pettigrew, the science master, played by Arthur Howard who was
also his long suffering assistant headmaster...a twittering,
hand-wringing bag of nerves. Mr. Halliforth was played by Edwin
Apps. Also appearing was Gordon Phillott as Mr. Dinwiddie who was
very ancient and deaf. The headmaster was always dreaming up
schemes to make money for his beer fund and thwacking young boys
on the behind with his faithful old cane. Especially a boy called
Wendover. Hence Jim's favourite instruction to the boy:
"Bend over, Wendover!"
Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden
Whack-O! theme tune
The film 'Bottoms Up!' brought Whacko! faithfully to the big screen in 1960.
The Official Frank Muir Tribute
series was remade in the early 1970s, in colour, for an
early evening slot, still with Jimmy Edwards but with Julian
Orchard as Mr. Pettigrew and Harold Bennett as Mr. Dinwiddie.
(Harold Bennett is remembered now as young Mr. Grace in Are You Being Served?)
The old Muir and Norden scripts were adapted for this series by Robert Gray.
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