Insomnia is Good for You is a 1957 British short comedy film directed by Leslie Arliss and starring Peter Sellers as Hector Dimwittie.[1] It was produced and released by Park Lane Films, and written by Lewis Griefer and Mordecai Richler.

As of December 2012, the film was considered lost by rare book and script collector and actor Neil Pearson, with no cast list (apart from Sellers), script or footage known to exist.[2] Nevertheless, a copy had been found in 1996, in a skip outside the offices of the film company, together with Dearth of a Salesman (also 1957).[3] It was shown at the Southend Film Festival in May 2014.[4][5]


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  2. ^ Mark Brown (2 December 2012). "Tony Hancock lost work among rare radio scripts offered for sale". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Two early Peter Sellers films to get first showing at film festival". The Guardian (Press Association). 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Peter Sellers: Southend Film Festival screens lost films". BBC News. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  5. ^ Archived-in-skip: Peter Sellers’ Bestsellers trio BFI Website, 17 May 2014.

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