Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his ... See full summary »
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During D-day several people become trapped while hiding in a bunker, when heavy shelling collapses it. They have plenty of food and water so they decide to wait for rescuers. And so they wait year, after year, after year.
This film is actually mainly interesting as a record in its own right of the local (?Brighton?) variety acts who were featured to fill out the running time; they are notable in two respects, in that by modern standards none of them are particularly glamorous-looking, and in that they are actually all pretty talented -- these are run of the mill and nowadays apparently forgotten pier-end performers of the day, as it were, and they're still entertaining to listen to. (The only act I really didn't take to was that of Freddie Mirfield and his Garbage Men, with their knockabout orchestral gags.)
The Goon Show contribution consists of various improvised comedy dialogues chiefly featuring Peter Sellers in a selection of different characters: his Groucho Marx impersonation is rather good, others vary. Considering that the whole thing was made up and then shot by Sellers and Spike Milligan in the course of a left-over week of studio time (remaining after shooting on "Penny Points to Paradise" had been completed), it's quite tolerable, but of course by no means a classic.
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