Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher

Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
Directed by John Krish
Produced by Ivan Foxwell
Written by Ivan Foxwell
Alan Hackney
Hugh Whitemore
Based on Decline and Fall
1928 novel
by Evelyn Waugh
Starring Robin Phillips
Donald Wolfit
Geneviève Page
Felix Aylmer
Colin Blakely
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Edited by Archie Ludski
Ivan Foxwell Productions
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • 26 January 1969 (1969-01-26)
Running time
113 min.
Country UK
Language English
Budget $1,970,000

Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher is a 1968 De Luxe British comedy film directed by John Krish and starring Robin Phillips, Geneviève Page and Donald Wolfit.[1] It is an adaptation of the novel Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh.

The film was made with a budget of $1,970,000.[2]

Plot summary

Paul Pennyfeather is an Oxford divinity student who finds himself expelled after a gang of drunken freshmen remove his pants and he is accused of exposing himself to a girl. Looking for work, he retains the services of an unsavory employment agency that secures a position for him at a sleazy Welsh boarding school for boys, presided over by the colorful Dr. Fagan. On staff at the school are an assortment of distasteful screwballs; Mr. Prendergast is a withdrawn former clergyman; Captain Grimes is a one-legged two-timer with his eye on Fagan's daughter, Flossie; and Soloman Philbrick is an undercover criminal posing as Fagan's butler.



  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | Decline and Fall (1968)". British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  2. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255

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