Master farceur Brian Rix joins fellow Whitehall Theatre stalwart Leo Franklyn and a host of famed character comedians – including Naunton Wayne, Charles Heslop, Irene Handl and Bernard Cribbins – for this hugely entertaining, quintessentially British romp. Released in 1961, Nothing Barred (aka The Night We Sprang a Leak) is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Penniless Lord Whitebait's plan to save his sinking fortunes is to open stately Whitebait Manor to the public. But the public ignores his gesture, and his fortunes fade even further, with a stream of debts threatening to run into a deluge when his daughter's fiance demands a plush and costly wedding. Where is the cash to come from? Whitebait and his servant Spankforth's answer is a scam involving the theft of a valuable painting from the Manor. How could such a cunningly original ruse fail?