Sticky My Fingers, Fleet My Feet (1970)


Sticky My Fingers, Fleet My Feet is a film about a man accepting his old age. The film is playful, as its characters have an exaggerated infatuation with their games of touch football, the main character even keeping a book of stats for himself. John D. Hancock utilizes sound in order to help with the over dramatization, as the suspense builds before kick-off, where comically a young girl picks up the ball before they can begin. The sound again emphasizes the child in these older men, when the main character returns home to a bath. He imagines now he is playing tennis with a brush, leaving the viewer, in the bit of parallelism, to see he can’t be humbled by his age for long.

Director: John D. Hancock.
Writers: John Lahr, John D. Hancock, Gene Williams (based on a short story by).
Stars: Val Bisoglio, Carolee Campbell, Charles Durning, Marshall Efron, Havelock Hewes, John Lahr, Tom Meehan.

1971 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects.


Note: Found on, cropped the black bars and upscaled to 720p for slightly better quality, this copy has some issues like pixelation and funky colors at times but it’s totally watchable, if anyone out there has a better copy please contact me. Thank you. Enjoy!

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  1. Paul
    November 6, 2022

    Amazing find big fan of john d Hancock’s especially let’s scare Jessica to death. I had heard about his academy nominated short never thought I would see this thank you for making this available.

  2. Steve B
    March 12, 2023

    I remember watching this film in a junior high class back in 1974..
    Good grief, that was almost fifty years ago! My feet aren’t quite so fleet anymore.

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