Tony Hancock first appeared on the television show ‘New to You’ in 1948. He next starred in the 1950 television comedy film ‘Flotsam's Follies.’ Following this, he joined the cast of the television magazine program ‘Kaleidoscope’ in 1950. Hancock made his silver screen debut in the 1955 British comedy film ‘Orders Are Orders,’ directed by David Paltenghi. The film was a remake of the 1933 Walter Forde’s comedy film of the same name which was, in turn, inspired by the eponymous play of 1932. In 1956, he became a part of the television comedy series ‘Hancock's Half Hour’ as ‘Anthony Aloysius Hancock / Prince Nicolai.’ The series aired 63 episodes in a span of 7 seasons before going off-air in 1961. He next portrayed ‘Aladdin / Robin Hood’ in the 1957 comedy-drama film ‘Pantomania: Babes in the Wood,’ written by Brad Ashton, Sidney Green, and Richard Hills. In 1961, he starred as ‘Anthony Hancock’ in the British satirical comedy film ‘The Rebel,’ directed by Robert Day. The film currently holds a 6.8 out of 10 rating on IMDb. He was next seen playing the role of ‘Wally Pinner’ in the 1963 black and white British comedy film ‘The Punch and Judy Man,’ directed by Jeremy Summers. The film holds a 40% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 1963, he starred in the cast of the British comedy television series ‘Hancock,’ directed by Alan Tarrant. The show aired a total of 13 episodes. Hancock went on to portray ‘Harry Popperwell’ in the 1965 Ken Annakin-directed British period comedy film ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.’ The film received positive reviews from critics upon release and was a commercial success, grossing over $31 million on a budget of $6.5 million. In 1966, he was seen playing the role of ‘Detective’ in the British comedy film ‘The Wrong Box,’ directed by Bryan Forbes. The film was the last big-screen appearance of Hancock. In 1967, he starred in the British television comedy series ‘Hancock's.’ He last appeared in the 1972 television movie ‘The Tony Hancock Special,’ directed by Edward Joffe.
Call Me Genius is a comedy film which revolves around Tony Hancock, a clerk who decides to give up his boring office job, in order to work as an artist full-time. Despite his enthusiasm, his talent seems to be insufficient, and therefore his work is disliked by the critics. However, things take a turn when he manages to impress a skilled artist.
A movie company sets up their headquarters in an army barrack as it wants to shoot a sci-fi film that not only showcases the real location but also portrays the soldiers as actors. However, only confusion and chaos prevails while the Commander tries to convince the crew to move their set to a nearby haunted house.