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Down Among the Z Men (1952)

The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines.

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Complete credited cast:
Harry Secombe ...
Harry Jones
Michael Bentine ...
Prof. Osrick Purehart
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Carole Carr ...
Carole Gayley
Twelve Toppers ...
Dancers (as Leslie Roberts' Twelve Toppers)
Clifford Stanton ...
Stanton
Robert Cawdron ...
Sergeant Bullshine
Andrew Timothy ...
Captain Evans
Graham Stark ...
Spider
Russ Allen
Elizabeth Kearns ...
Girl in Shop
Miriam Karlin ...
Woman in Shop
Sidney Vivian ...
Landlord
Howell Evans
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Professor Pure Heart absentmindedly loses the top secret formula in Harry Jones' Grocery Shop. "Bats of the Yard", as Harry calls himself, finds it and proudly attempts to return it to the Professor. Written by ICMagent

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Stanton, one of the soldiers, does an impersonation of Danny Kaye. See more »

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Featured in Climb Up the Wall (1960) See more »

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Down Among the Z Men
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Music by Jack Jordan
Lyrics by James Douglas (i.e. Jimmy Grafton)
Performed by Carole Carr, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe
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A bit confused, even more so for non UK types ;-)
16 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As already stated, a fairly confusing mishmash of a film.

HOWEVER ! If you are a UK resident over the age of fifty, it *might* just make a bit more sense, as the Goons were the UK's greatest comedy team ever. I have no idea who "the good guys" were (other reviewer's comment), but the Goons were "Gods" in their day - and it's the "in their day" which is most relevant now. Sadly, the film has aged dreadfully, sorry lads.

Bentine as Purehart (whitehead, blackhead, whitehouse etc...) is probably the funniest character, even outshining the immortal Eccles for most of the time. Sellers could have easily played 6 or 7 more characters, easy, but that's the movie industry for you.

1952, early days for the Goons, and most of their fame still to come on BBC radio. Shame Blinbottle couldn't have joined up with Eccles for some naughty sossinges.

An advisory 7/10 for old fart UK types.


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