Tommy made a few small British films in the late 1950s and 1960s
And the Same to You (1960) 70 minutes
Tommy played Horace Hawkins.
He was a punchy drunk, dim-witted pugilist. He found himself in the company
of Brian Rix and Sid James amongst others.
The screenplay for this film was based on the play The Chigwell Chicken.
The Cool Mikado (1962) 81 minutes
Tommy played Pooh-Bah, Private Detective.
Tommy starred along with a bevy of other British variety stars of the time
including Frankie Howerd, Mike and Bernie Winters, Lionel Blair and from
the U.S.A. Stubby Kaye.
Interestingly, this was one of the earliest feature films made by British
director Michael Winner. The man who would later make the Death Wish
series of films.
Above right - Michael Winner, complete with director's viewfinder around his neck, talks to Frankie Howerd and Tommy.
The Plank (1967) 54 minutes
Scripted by Eric Sykes. Tommy played the larger workman.
Classic short British comedy, almost silent, full of stars. The film tells
how Sykes and Cooper need one plank to complete a floor, but get
into scrapes galore when transporting the lumber from the timber yard to a building site.
Co-starring was Eric Sykes, Jimmy Edwards, Deryck Guyler, Jimmy Tarbuck and a host of other British comedy stars.
Tommy's role was originally ear-marked for non other than Peter Sellers. But he had other commitments. Eric said later, 'As much as I admired Peter and I think Peter was a genius, I don't think he would have been, for my money, in the same class as Tom.'
In the early 1980s, Tommy again teamed up with Eric to make this next film.
It's Your Move (1982) 52 Minutes
Scripted again by Eric Sykes
Tommy played a removal man.
The film, mainly silent, also stars Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards,
this time with additional support from Richard Briers and other great
This film tells the story of a newly married couple who move into
their first houseand bring chaos to the street with the arrival of the
removal men, led by Eric.